Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Jossianna Arroyo-Martinez

Travestismos culturales: literatura y etnografía en Cuba y Brasil

Travestismos culturales: literatura y etnografia en Cuba y Brasil (University of Pittsburgh: Editorial Iberoamericana, 2003) is a critique of cultural models of racial democracy in the work of Gilberto Freyre (Brazil) and Fernando Ortiz (Cuba) and several Brazilian and Cuban novels, from the nineteenth and twentieth century, to analyze cultural transvestism as a strategic writing/social representation model that uses race, gender, and sexuality to stereotype, control and create fixed images of black populations in Brazil and Cuba. By analyzing models of gender and masculinity, the book offers queer readings of Gilberto Freyre's works and fiction, as well as Cuban carnival and performative culture in the work of Fernando Ortiz.

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Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry

Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Free Masonry analyzes the Masonic, literary, and political writings of Andrés Cassard, Ramón E. Betances, José Martí, Arturo Schomburg, and Rafael Serra, Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anti-colonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (1860-1898). In the Caribbean, Masonic notions of liberal freedom coincided with the legacies of empire and colonial slavery, creating languages of secrecy, dissent, and radical affective politics that influenced radical Caribbean political cultures in the turn of the nineteenth century. By analyzing the lives, writings, and activism of these exiled Masonic intellectuals, this book provides insights into the Pan-Caribbean formations of nation and diaspora and sheds light on the role of print-culture, Masonic ritual and languages, racial ideologies, and community in the Caribbean and the United States.

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