Title

Poveda's Migratory Discourse of Cubanía

Subject Area

Hispanic Caribbean Studies

Abstract

This paper explores the poet José Manuel Poveda’s role in the formation of a Cuban national identity in the first decades of the new Republic (1902-1933) and seeks to demonstrate the continuity between Poveda’s thought and later 20th century discourses of Cuban identity. Poveda’s name does not typically come up in this context, in fact, Poveda is often tagged as an eccentric aesthete, obsessed with crafting his artistic personality and inspired largely by foreign masters. What Poveda has to do with the formation of a Cuban national identity remains to be explored in depth. Departing from Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s theory of the Cuban condition as inherently “translational,” I argue that Poveda’s appropriation of foreign models is not derivative but basic to his own search for a “Cuban vernacular,” one that shares the features – transitoriness, uprootedness, process – of Fernando Ortiz’s cardinal metaphor of the ajiaco. By the time that Ortiz publishes “Los factores humanos de la cubanidad,” and Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar (1940), the dust has settled on Poveda’s epitaph, but Poveda’s critical consciousness, as I hope to show, anticipates the “migratory” discourse of cubanía developed in these works.

Brief Bio Note

Kathrin Theumer received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her scholarship focuses on fin de siglo and twentieth century Latin American literature with a regional emphasis on the Hispanic Caribbean. Her research interests include gender studies, poetry and poetics. She has published on the interpoetic relationship between Julián del Casal and Fina García Marruz as well as heteronymic embodiment in the Cuban poet José Manuel Poveda.

Keywords

Cuba, National identity, Poetry

Location

Coastal Georgia Center

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-8-2016 2:20 PM

End Date

4-8-2016 2:40 PM

Embargo

10-1-2015

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Poveda's Migratory Discourse of Cubanía

Coastal Georgia Center

This paper explores the poet José Manuel Poveda’s role in the formation of a Cuban national identity in the first decades of the new Republic (1902-1933) and seeks to demonstrate the continuity between Poveda’s thought and later 20th century discourses of Cuban identity. Poveda’s name does not typically come up in this context, in fact, Poveda is often tagged as an eccentric aesthete, obsessed with crafting his artistic personality and inspired largely by foreign masters. What Poveda has to do with the formation of a Cuban national identity remains to be explored in depth. Departing from Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s theory of the Cuban condition as inherently “translational,” I argue that Poveda’s appropriation of foreign models is not derivative but basic to his own search for a “Cuban vernacular,” one that shares the features – transitoriness, uprootedness, process – of Fernando Ortiz’s cardinal metaphor of the ajiaco. By the time that Ortiz publishes “Los factores humanos de la cubanidad,” and Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar (1940), the dust has settled on Poveda’s epitaph, but Poveda’s critical consciousness, as I hope to show, anticipates the “migratory” discourse of cubanía developed in these works.