This book examines the cultural production of Catalan intellectuals in Cuba through a reading of texts and journeys that show the contrapuntal relationship between transcultural identities and narratives of nationhood. Both the concept of transculturation and its instrumentalization to tame conflict within nationalist projects are problematic. By uncovering and examining the contradictions between the fluid character of identities in the Cuban context of the first half of the twentieth century and nationalist discourses, within both the Catalanist community of Havana and Cuban society, this book joins wider debates about identities.
1. Chapter 1/Introduction The counterpoints of transculturation
2. Chapter 2 The Catalan-Cuban intellectuals of La Nova Catalunya
2.1 Chapter 2 The nucleus of Catalanism in the Americas
2.2 Chapter 2 The first decades of La Nova Catalunya (1908–1932)
2.3 Chapter 2 The confluence of old and new Catalan-Cubans in the revival of La Nova Catalunya (1942–1959)
3.2 Chapter 3 Els altres sentits, a Caribbean version
4. Chapter 4 Regino Boti’s poetics and the construction of identities in Guantanamo
4.1 Chapter 4 Guantanamero poetics
4.2 Chapter 4 Guantanamero politics
5. Chapter 5 A rereading of Fernando Ortiz’s counterpoints.
5.1 Chapter 5 Ortiz, the Catalan-Cuban intellectual
5.2 Chapter 5 Transculturation and nationalism, ties and tensions
6. Conclusion/Chapter 6 In praise of contrapuntal harmonies
Yairen Jerez Columbié is a postdoctoral researcher at the MaREI Centre of the Environmental Research Institute, at University College Cork, where she explores the sociohistorical and cultural dimensions of environmental challenges and climate action. Her work focuses on marginalised knowledge, cultural exchanges and ecocritical approaches in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World.
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