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Book Review/Reseña. Damaris Puñales Alpízar. La maldita circunstancia: Ensayos sobre literatura cubana. 2020.

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Angela L. Willis

Davidson College, US
About Angela L.
Angela (Angie) L. Willis is Professor of Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies at Davidson College. Her scholarship centers on transatlantic, transtemporal intertextualities, specifically between Inquisitorial Spain and Revolutionary Cuba. She is especially fascinated by transgressive texts, by the underdogs and rebels of literature, and by the notion of writing as a means of escape and survival. Angie is the author of several articles on Cuban literature. She is co-author of a forthcoming book about Reinaldo Arenas, The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas: Queering Literature, Politics and the Activist Curriculum (University Press of Florida, 2022) with Rafael Ocasio and Sandro Barros. She is also currently completing a second monograph centered on the notion of (homo)sexual re-writing of canonical texts from the Hispanic cultural tradition in Reinaldo Arenas’ narrative. She was awarded the “Sturgis Leavitt Award of SECOLAS” (Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies) for Best Article Published by Members in 2005. Additionally, she is the past president of SECOLAS, an organization in which she has also served in many other leadership capacities.
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Abstract

Puñales Alpízar’s study, masterfully written and rich in content, is a must-read for scholars interested in contemporary Cuban literature as well as the ongoing legacy of Soviet/Russian influence on Cuban cultural production. This wonderful piece of scholarship, diverse in its examination of a wide variety of contemporary Cuban art, particularly literature, should not be missed.

 

Este estudio de Puñales Alpízar, magistralmente escrito y rico en contenido, es una lectura obligada para los estudiosos interesados en la literatura cubana contemporánea, así como en el legado continuo de la influencia soviética / rusa en la producción cultural cubana. Esta maravillosa pieza de erudición, diversa en su examen de una amplia variedad de arte cubano contemporáneo, particularmente la literatura, no debe perderse.

How to Cite: Willis, A.L., 2021. Book Review/Reseña. Damaris Puñales Alpízar. La maldita circunstancia: Ensayos sobre literatura cubana. 2020.. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 5(2), pp.188–191. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/marlas.378
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