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Cosa de Blancos: Cuban-American whiteness and the Afro-Cuban-occupied house

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Lopez,Antonio (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2010 summer
Published:
Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:
1476-3435
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Cuba, Hispanic Americans, Whites, Privilege, Films
Notes:
Discusses representations of the 'Afro-Cuban-occupied house' in Cuban-American autobiographical narratives of a 1990s return to Cuba. A trope in which island Afro-Cubans inhabit houses once owned or lived in by white Cuban-Americans, the Afro-Cuban-occupied house appears repeatedly in Cuban-American literary and film texts during the period. The article argues that the trope, more than another example of 'literary Afro-Cubanness,' discloses Cuban-American whiteness and its constitutive element, privilege, thus inviting Cuban-American literary and cultural studies to engage in conversations along the lines of a critical Latino whiteness studies.