Cuba and the neobaroque: twentieth-century reformations of Cuban identity




Cruikshank, Stephen

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This thesis project explores the connection between Cuban identity and the twentieth-century Neobaroque. The paper approaches the Neobaroque as a concept that reoriginates or "refracts" culture, implying a relationship between Baroque forms and post-colonial Latin America that creates a transformation of cultural expression. Furthermore, the Neobaroque is seen relating to questions of cultural identity, post-colonialism, transculturation, mestizaje, and Latin American modernity. The Neobaroque's relevancy with Cuba is stipulated in twentieth-century writings of three Cuban authors known as the Cuban triumvirate: José Lezama Lima, Alejo Carpentier, and Severo Sarduy. Similar themes of these writers concerning the Neobaroque's connection with the urban environment of Havana as well as connections to José Martí's writing Nuestra América are highlighted as key components connecting the Neobaroque with Cuban culture.



Baroque, Barroco, Neo-baroque, Neobarroco, Alejo Carpentier, Colonialism, Counter-conquest, Culture, José Lezama Lima, José Martí, Latin America, Reformation, Severo Sarduy, Spanish, postmodernism, neo-colonialism, modernity, transculturation, mestizaje, transmodernity, refraction