Nationalizing Blackness: Afrocubanismo and Artistic Revolution in Havana, 1920-1940

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, 2 may. 2015 - 336 páginas
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Nationalizing Blackness uses the music of the 1920s and 1930s to examine Cuban society as it begins to embrace Afrocuban culture.  Moore examines the public debate over “degenerate Africanisms” associated with comparas or carnival bands; similar controversies associated with son music; the history of blackface theater shows; the rise of afrocubanismo in the context of anti-imperialist nationalism and revolution against Gerardo Machado; the history of cabaret rumba; an overview of poetry, painting, and music inspired by Afrocuban street culture; and reactions of the black Cuban middle classes to afrocubanismo.  He has collected numerous illustrations of early twentieth-century performers in Havana, many included in this book.

Nationalizing Blackness represents one of the first politicized studies of twentieth-century culture in Cuba.  It demonstrates how music can function as the center of racial and cultural conflict during the formation of a national identity.

 

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INTRODUCTION
1
AFROCUBANS AND NATIONAL CULTURE
13
MINSTRELSY IN HAVANA Music and Dance of the Teatro Verndculo
41
COMPARSAS AND CARNIVAL IN THE NEW REPUBLIC Four Decades of Cultural Controversy
62
ECHALE SALSITA Sones and Musical Revolution
87
NATIONALIZING BLACKNESS The Vogue of Afrocubanismo
114
THE RUMBA CRAZE Afrocuban Arts as International Popular Culture
166
THE MINORISTA VANGUARD Modernism and Afrocubanismo
191
CONCLUSION
215
APPENDIX 1
229
NOTES
243
GLOSSARY
275
REFERENCES
289
INDEX
313
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Robin Moore is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has received awards including fellowships from the Rockfeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Humanities Center and is currently editor of the Latin American Music Review.  His written work includes articles in the Cuban Studies, Ethnomusicology , Encuentro de la cultura cubana, and other journals and book anthologies.

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