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Afrocubanas

History, Thought, and Cultural Practices

Edited by Daisy Rubiera Castillo and Inés María Martiatu Terry

There is no other published work in English devoted to analyzing the political and intellectual dimensions of black Cuban women’s thought across the island’s history. This text is essential reading for students of Afro-Latin American studies, Caribbean history, or courses focussing on black women in the Atlantic region.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786614810 Release date: Apr 2020
£80.00 €112.00 $120.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786614827 Release date: Apr 2020
£29.95 €41.95 $43.99

Series: Creolizing the Canon

Pages: 304

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Originally published in Spanish and edited by Cuban historian Daisy Rubiera Castillo and the late playwright and theater critic Inés María Martiatu Terry, this is the first work of its kind. It places reflection on the experiences of black and mulata women at the center of Cuban history. Including essays from a mix of well-known and newly published Cuban authors, the book examines the lives of Afrocubanas from the late 19th century to the present. The book is the first one to collect and interrogate the voices of black Cuban women in terms of the political, cultural, social, and ideological contributions they have made to the history of their nation.

One of the unique qualities of Afrocubanas is that the text is the product of a grassroots community working group in Havana. A number of contemporary antiracist organizations have emerged to fight racial inequality in light of Cuba’s new economic challenges since the fall of its chief trading partner the Soviet Union. But, while the Afrocubanas Project (founded by Daisy Rubiera Castillo and Inés María Martiatu Terry in the mid-2000s) is one of most prominent groups in Havana, it is also one of the few groups that challenges racism and sexism together. The members of the Afrocubanas Project hail from a variety of professions, ages, and sexual orientations. This group of black women shares a collective interest in challenging negative stereotypes. This book merges their activism and their intersectional scholarship to create and disseminate new knowledge about black Cuban women.

There is no other published work in English devoted to analyzing the political and intellectual dimensions of black Cuban women’s thought across the island’s history. This text is essential reading for students of Afro-Latin American studies, Caribbean history, or courses focussing on black women in the Atlantic region.

Prologue
Introduction
Part One: History
Judicial Demands of Slave Women in Nineteenth Century Cuba, by Digna Castañeda Fuertes
Reconstructing the History of Ex-slave Belén Álvarez, by Oilda Hevia Lanier
Women “of Color” in Santiaguera Colonial Society, A Commentary, by María Cristina Hierrezuelo

Part Two: Thought
Women of Minerva, by María del Carmen Barcia Zequeira
Gratitude: To My Friends and Colleagues from the Journal Minerva, by Úrsula Coimbra de Valverde
Black Voices in Favor of the Independent Party of Color, by Carmen Piedra
Our Ethnic Values, by Consuelo Serra
What We Are, by Inocencía Silveira
Black Cuban Women, by Gerardo del Valle
Black Cuban Women and Culture, by Catalina Pozo Gato
Black Intelligence, by Arabella Òña
Women in Santeria and Regla Ocha: Gender, Myths and Reality, by Daisy Rubiera Castillo
Gender and Raciality: A Neccesary Reflection in Contemporary Cuba, by Yulexis Almeida Junco
On Afrocubana Stereotypes: Construction and Deconstruction of Myths, by María Ileana Faguaga Iglesias
Proposing an Inclusive and Non-sexist Gaze: Mulatta Women, A Profaned Invention? By Onelia Chaveco Chaveco
Hairs, by Carmen González Chacón
Passing as a White Woman, by Sandra del Valle Casals
The Revolution Turned Blacks to Persons, by Yusimí Rodríguez López
A Human Race? Ah…. It Had to Be! By Yohmna Depestre Corcho
A Room of One’s Own for Black Cuban Women, by Yesenia Selier Crespo

Part Three: Cultural Practices
Oriki (Yoruba Song) for Elder Black Women of the Past, by Georgina Herrera Cárdenas
Black Feminine Imaginary in Cuba, by Aymée Rivera Pérez
Oppositional Binaries in Nancy Morejón’s Octubre Imprescindible [Indispensable October] and Cuadernos de Granada [Granada Notebooks] by Lourdes Martínez Echazábal
Exile in Memory, by Coralia de Mercedes Hernández Herrera
The Tough Skin of Teresa Cárdenas, by Leonardo Estupiñán Zaldívar
The Little Black Man and the Mulatta in the Vortex of Nationality, by Inés María MartiatuTerry
Popular Theater and Collective Resistance, by Fátima de la Caridad Patterson
Catalina Berroa, The Audacious Trinitarian (First Female Composer of “Cultured” Music in the Nineteenth Century) by Isabel González Sauto
The Marathon Exists for Both Men and Women, by Edelvis López
Making Dreams Happen Is Not the Same as Dreaming, by María Elena Mendiola
The Contributions of Sara Gómez, Sandra Álvarez Ramírez
Belkis Ayón Manso, Between Heterogeneous Sensibilities, Lázara Menéndez Vásquez
Black Women in Sports, by Irene Esther Ruiz Narváez
A Lexical Semantic Analysis on the Discourse of Women in Cuban Rap, by Yanelys Abreu Babi and Anette Jiménez Marata
Biographies of Authors
History in Graphics
Index

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