Jose Marti's Our America: From National to Hemispheric Cultural Studies (New Americanists)

Jose Marti's Our America: From National to Hemispheric Cultural Studies (New Americanists)

By: J. Belnap (author), Jeffrey Belnap (editor), Raul Fernandez (editor)Hardback

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Considerable attention has been given to Cuban poet, essayist, and activist Jose Marti's 1891 essay "Nuestra America," but relatively little has been paid to the rest of the journalistic work that Marti produced during his fourteen-year exile in the United States. In Jose Marti's Our America, Jeffrey Belnap and Raul Fernandez present essays from Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S.-based scholars who consider Marti's rich and underexplored body of work and position Marti as an emblem of New American studies. A Cuban exile from 1881 to 1895, Marti was a correspondent writing in New York for various Latin American newspapers. Grasping the significance of rising U.S. imperial power, he came to understand the Americas as a complex system of kindred-but not equal-national formations whose cultural and political integrity was threatened by the overbearing aggressiveness of the United States. This collection explores how in his journalistic work Marti critiques U.S. racism, imperialism, and capitalism; warns Latin America of impending U.S. geographical, cultural, and economic annexation; and calls for recognition of the diversity of America's cultural voices. Reinforcing Marti's hemispheric vision with essays by a wide range of scholars who investigate his analysis of the United States, his significance as a Latino outsider, and his analyses of Latin American cultural politics, this volume explores the affinities between Marti's thought and current reexaminations of what it means to study America. Jose Marti's Our America offers a new understanding of Marti's ambiguous and problematic relation with the United States and will engage scholars and students in American, Latin American, and Latino studies as well as those interested in cultural, postcolonial, gender, and ethnic studies. Contributors. Jeffrey Belnap, Raul Fernandez, Ada Ferrer, Susan Gillman, George Lipsitz, Oscar Marti, David Noble, Donald E. Pease, Beatrice Pita, Brenda Gayle Plummer, Susana Rotker, Jose David Saldivar, Rosaura Sanchez, Enrico Mario Santi, Doris Sommer, Brook Thomas

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Jeffrey Belnap is Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University (Hawaii). Raul Fernandez is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: The Architectonics of Jose Marti's "Our Americanisms" / Jeffrey Belnap and Raul Fernandez 1 I. Writing across the Line: Culture, Geography, and the "Latino Outsider" Jose Marti, Alexis de Tocqueville, and the Politics of Displacement / Donald E. Pease 27 The (Political) Exile Gaze in Marti's Writing on the United States / Susana Rotker 58 Jose Marti, Author of Walt Whitman / Doris Sommer 77 Ramona in "Our America" / Susan Gillman 91 II. Annexationist Designs and the End(s) of Manifest Destiny Dismantling the Collossus: Marti and Ruiz de Burton on the Formulation of Anglo America / Rosaura Sanchez 115 Engendering Critique: Race, Class, and Gender in Ruiz de Burton and Marti / Beatrice Pita 129 Nuestra America's Borders: Remapping American Cultural Studies / Jose David Saldivar 145 III. Marti's Prescriptive Map of Our America "Our America," the Gilded Age, and the Crisis of Latinamericanism / Enrico Mario Santi 179 Headbands, Hemp Sandals, and Headdresses: The Dialectics of Dress and Self-Conception in Marti's "Our America" / Jeffrey Belnap 191 Firmin and Marti at the Intersection of Pan-Americanism and Pan-Africanism / Brenda Gayle Plummer 210 The Silence of Patriots: Race and Nationalism in Marti's Cuba / Ada Ferrer 228 IV. "Our Americanism" in the Age of "Globalization": Contemporary Frontiers The Anglo-Protestant Monopolization of "America" / David W. Noble 253 Frederick Jackson Turner, Jose Marti, and Finding a Home on the Range / Brook Thomas 275 Their America and Ours: Intercultural Communication in the Context of "Our America" / George Lipsitz 293 Jose Marti and the Heroic Image / Oscar R. Marti 317 Index 339 Contributors 343

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  • publication date: 20/12/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780822321330
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9780822321330
  • ISBN10: 0822321335

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