The essays in this collection reflect two of Marti's key observations during his time in the United States: first, how did he, an exile living in New York, view and read his North American neighbors from a sociocultural, political and literary perspective? Second, how did his perception of the modern nation impact his own concepts of race, capital punishment, poetics, and nation building for Cuba? The overarching endeavor of this project is to view and read Marti with the same critical or modern eye with which he viewed and read Spain, Cuba, Latin America and the United States. This volume, combining many of the most relevant experts in the field of Marti studies, attempts to answer those questions. It hopes to broaden the understanding and extend the influence of one of Americas' (speaking of the collective Americas) most prolific and important writers, particularly within the very nation where his chronicles, poetry, and journalism were written. In spite of the political differences still separating Cuba and the United States, understanding Marti's relevancy is crucial to bridging the gap between these nations.
Georg M. Schwarzmann is associate professor at Lynchburg College. Ryan A. Spangler is associate professor at Creighton University.
Preface Introduction Part One: Reading the Other America: History, Translation, and Political Landscapes 1.Enrico Mario Santi: "Nuestra America" and the Crisis of Latin Americanism 2.Esther Allen: "He has not made himself known to me": Jose Marti, U.S. History, and the Question of Translation 3.Ivan Schulman: Social and Cultural Textualizations of the Modern Marti Project: The North American Chronicles 4.Anne Fountain: Emerson and Marti: Close Readings, Context and Translation 5.Georg Schwarzmann: Creating "Superman:" Marti, Nietzsche, and Whitman 6.Ariela Schnirmajer: Politics, Justice, and Style: Jose Marti Reads Mark Twain 7.Rafael Rojas Gutierrez: Bancroft, Motley, Marti and American Renaissance Historiography Part Two: Defining and Building the Modern Nation: Race, Punishment, and Poetics 8.Laura Lomas: The City Unmakes Empires: Jose Marti's Latina/o Urbanism 9.Jorge Camacho: Fear and Gratitude: Marti's Chronicles in Patria 10.Oleski Miranda Navarro: Jose Marti: A Rendering of Black Issues in the United States 11.Reinaldo Suarez: Jose Marti, our Revolutionary Victor Hugo? 12.Francisco Moran: Vile Brothers: Exclusion in Jose Marti's Republican Dream 13.Ryan Anthony Spangler: Modern Tensions in the Poetics of Jose Marti 14.Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria: Marti and his "Amor de Ciudad Grande": Notes on the Poetics of Versos libres 15.David P. Laraway: Jose Marti and the Call of Technology in "Amor de ciudad grande Bibliography Index About the Contributors