Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way (Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American & Latino Art & Culture 2nd Revised edition)

Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way (Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American & Latino Art & Culture 2nd Revised edition)

By: Gustavo Perez Firmat (author)Paperback

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An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author's own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the "1.5 Generation" (Cubans who came to the United States as children or teens) have lived "life on the hyphen"-neither fully Cuban nor fully American, but a fertile hybrid of both. Offering an in-depth look at Cuban-Americans who have become icons of popular and literary culture-including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, musician Perez Prado, and crossover pop star Gloria Estefan, as well as poets Jose Kozer and Orlando Gonzalez Esteva, performers Willy Chirino and Carlos Oliva, painter Humberto Calzada, and others-Gustavo Perez Firmat chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America. The first edition of Life on the Hyphen won the Eugene M. Kayden National University Press Book Award and received honorable mentions for the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association's Bryce Wood Book Award.

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Born in Havana and raised in Miami, GUSTAVO PEREZ FIRMAT is currently the David Feinson Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A noted writer and scholar, he is the author of many books, including the award-winning Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way, and numerous essays and reviews. Newsweek included him among "100 Americans to watch for in the 21st century" and Hispanic Business Magazine selected him as one of the "100 most influential Hispanics" in the United States.


Preface to the Second Edition. The Facts of Life on the Hyphen Introduction. The Desi Chain Mambo No. 1: Lost in Translation Chapter One. I Love Ricky Mambo No. 2: Spic 'n' Spanish Chapter Two. The Man Who Loved Lucy Mambo No. 3: Desi Does It Chapter Three. A Brief History of Mambo Time Mambo No. 4: The Barber of Little Havana Chapter Four. Salsa for All Seasons Mambo No. 5: Mirror, Mirror Chapter Five. Rum, Rump, and Rumba Mambo No. 6: English Is Broken Here Chapter Six. No Man's Language Mambo No. 7: El mago de la n y el acento Chapter Seven. The Spell of the Hyphen Epilogue. My Repeating Island Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780292735996
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 254
  • ID: 9780292735996
  • weight: 511
  • ISBN10: 0292735995
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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