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Performing Afro-Cuba
Author: Kristina Wirtz

ISBN: 9780226119052
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 20 April 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.8
Description:
Visitors to Cuba will notice that Afro-Cuban figures and references are everywhere: in popular music and folklore shows, paintings and dolls of Santeria saints in airport shops, and even restaurants with plantation themes. InPerforming Afro-Cuba, Kristina Wirtz examines how the animation of Cuba's colonial past and African heritage through such figures and performances not only reflects but also shapes the Cuban experience of Blackness. She also investigates how this process operates at different spatial and temporal scalesfrom the immediate present to the imagined past, from the barrio to the socialist state.

Wirtz analyzes a variety of performances and the ways they construct Cuban racial and historical imaginations. She offers a sophisticated view of performance as enacting diverse revolutionary ideals, religious notions, and racial identity politics, and she outlines how these concepts play out in the ongoing institutionalization of folklore as an official, even state-sponsored, category. Employing Bakhtin's concept of chronotopes"the semiotic construction of space-timeshe examines the roles of voice, temporality, embodiment, ima...

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