José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning

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Springer, 14 jul 2016 - 163 páginas
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This book is a critical study of visual representations of José Martí The National Hero of Cuba , and the discourses of power that make it possible for Martí's images to be perceived as icons today. It argues that an observer of Martí's icons who is immersed in the Cuban national narrative experiences a retrospective reconstruction of those images by means of ideologically formed national discourses of power. Also, the obsessive reproduction of Martí's icons signals a melancholia for the loss of the martyr-hero. But instead of attempting to "forget Martí," the book concludes that the utopian impulse of his memory should serve to resist melancholia and to visualize new forms of creative re-significations of Martí and, by extension, the nation.
 

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Índice

Introduction
1
Gaze Intentionality and Manipulation
17
Battling for the National Icon
44
The Filming of a Memory
67
Melancholia for Martí
87
Resisting Cuban Melancholia
114
Notes
121
Bibliography
145
Index
156
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Sobre el autor (2016)

Emilio Bejel is a distinguished professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California at Davis.

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