CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Counterpoint of Two Cubanazos: The Representation of Masculine Discourse in El hombre, la hembra y el hambre

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

9-1-2014

Publication Title

Daína Chaviano’s Webpage

First Page

1

Last Page

8

Abstract

Excerpt

In this novel, an amalgam of the fantastic and crude realism, Chaviano directly and indirectly inserts and appropriates works from the Cuban Canon. In this way, Chaviano questions and reinterprets official Cuban history, both of the Revolution and the Republic, and simultaneously exposes the masculine and patriarchal discourses that have dominated the nation. Most striking is the way in which Chaviano achieves this, through the adoption and appropriation of the counterpoint as a literary technique. [...] If indeed el punto guajiro represents the most well known popular Cuban counterpoint, the work of Fernando Ortiz, Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar, is the best example of the intellectual counterpoint, precisely because of its textual nature. [...] In El hombre, la hembra y el hambre, Chaviano returns to Ortiz's work and to the counterpoint to present us with two Cuban men, two cubanazos, who compete with another for the word and for the same woman. One can argue, then, that Chaviano appropriates the Cuban tradition of the counterpoint on various levels.

Comments

English translation of an original Spanish article.

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