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The Cuban Republic and José Martí: Reception and Use of a National Symbol

The Cuban Republic and José Martí_ScanLexington Books, 2005
Mauricio Font and Alfonso Quiroz, eds.

José Martí contributed greatly to Cuba’s struggle for independence from Spain with words as well as revolutionary action. Although he died before the formation of an independent republic, he has since been hailed as a heroic martyr inspiring Cuban republican traditions. During the twentieth century traditionally nationalistic literature has reinforced an uncritical idealization of Martí and his influence. New approaches have recently explored the formation, reception, uses and abuses of the Martí myth. The essays in this volume analyze the influence of José Martí – poet, scholar and revolutionary – on the formation of often-competing national identities in post-independence Cuba. By exploring the diverse representations and interpretations of Martí, they provide a critical analysis of the ways in which his political and literary legacies have been used to advance contrasting versions of contemporary Cuban reality.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

• Otro gallo cantaría: Essay on the First Cuban Republicanism
Rafael Rojas

• The ‘Apostle’ in Stone: Nationalism and Monuments in Honor of José Martí
João Felipe Gonçalves

• The Struggle to Redefine Martí and “Cuba Libre” in the 1920s
Lillian Guerra

• “Rights are Taken, Not Pleaded:” José Martí and the Cult of the Recourse to Violence in Cuba
Rafael E. Tarrago

• Martí in Cuban Schools
Alfonso W. Quiroz

• José Martí, Pilar de la Revolución Cubana
Paul Estrade

• José Martí Against Race
Oscar Montero

• Language, Nation, and Empire: José Martí’s Strategic Multilingualism
Laura Lomas

• Chronicling Empire: José Martí on the Avenue of the Americas
Antonio Lopez

• Construyendo la Imagen Literaria de Martí en los Estados Unidos
Ivan A. Schulman

• José Martí en la Obra de Fernando Ortiz
José Matos

• Inmigración española e imaginario nacional en Cuba, 1900-1920
Consuelo Naranjo Orovio

• Martí y la Emigración Cubana de Yucatán Frente al Nacimiento de la República (1902-1925)
Carlos E. Bojorquez Urzaiz

• Gender Trouble: José Martí and Juana Borrero
Ottmar Ette