Campus Units

World Languages and Cultures

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Black Writing, Culture, and the State in Latin America

First Page

83

Last Page

102

Abstract

Contemporary Afro-Hispanic drama offers a breadth of images that at first might be judged unrelated. 1 Take, for instance, the Afro-Uruguayan families evicted from their homes in Jorge Emilio Cardoso’s El desalojo en la calle de los negros (The Eviction on the Street of the Black People, 1992); the Costa Rican mestizo of humble origins trying to scale the social ladder while confronting a greedy oligarch in Quince Duncan’s El trepasolo (The Lone Climber, 1993); 2 or the Equatorial Guinean people trying to sort out the capricious rules imposed by a dictatorial regime in Juan Tomas Avila Laurel’s Los hombres domésticos (Homeboys, 1992).3 When seen together, such images provide a thematic spectrum that cuts across discourses of identity, geographic locations, and specific local circumstances. Yet, these dramas engage in a specific mode of analytical poetics that are rooted in the oral and written traditions of the African diaspora and that convey a twofold message of solidarity and solutions to problems. Through the examination of the above-mentioned plays, I submit that Afro-Hispanic drama published during and after the 1990s conveys a highly analytical form of realist depiction. While this realism is in alignment with previous models of aesthetic representation put forward by Hispanic intellectuals of African descent, contemporary Afro-Hispanic realist drama is also characterized by transethnic and transnational outlooks, that is, by a cosmopolitan perspective that corresponds to the globalized context in which these works were produced.

Comments

This is a manuscript of a chapter from Black Writing, Culture, and the State in Latin America, Jerome Branche (ed.) University of Vanderbilt Press, 2015. 83-102. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Vanderbilt University Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf