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Date of Award

Summer 8-15-2013

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Romance Languages and Literature: Hispanic Studies

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type

Dissertation

Abstract

A este estudio le interesan las categorías de identidad "género" y "raza" dentro del contexto cubano de los primeros treinta años de Revolución, por ende enfoca en la mujer negra y mulata, donde ambas categorías convergen. La investigación analiza el discurso literario de las poetas negras y mulatas cubanas entre 1960s y 1980s buscando discernir la autorepresentación que cada una de ellas hace de su "ser mujer negra o mulata". Asimismo, por tratarse aquí de género y raza como construcciones políticas, redefinidas a conveniencia por el poder dominante, este trabajo incluye el discurso político hegemónico del período con relación a dichas categorías y demuestra su responsabilidad con la conservación de los estereotipos raciales y las normativas patriarcales de género.

This study examines the identity categories of gender and race in the Cuban context of the first thirty years of the Revolution and focuses on black and mulata women, in which both categories converge. In this work I analyze the literary discourse of the Afro-Cuban female poets between the 1960s and 1980s and discern the role of self-representation that each of these poets constructs within the framework of "being black" or "mulata" woman. Also, since gender and race are redefined by the dominant power, this project analyzes the political hegemonic discourse of the period in relation to race and gender, and illuminates its role in preserving racial stereotypes as well as the patriarchal normatives of gender.

Language

Spanish (es)

Chair and Committee

Elzbieta Sklodowska and Ignacio Infante

Committee Members

William Acree, Bret Gustafson, Jesús Jambrina, Akiko Tsuchiya

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