Alejo Carpentier and the Cuban Tradition
Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory
Cuban author Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) was a key figure in the foundation of contemporary Latin American fiction. By taking a critical position vis-á-vis the restitutionary current in Latin American studies (e.g., to focus on the myths of the noble savage, lost paradises, black legends, and good revolutionaries), James Pancrazio provides a highly innovative re-reading of Carpentier's work.
Borrowing theories of psychoanalysis, gender, performance, and Cuban literature and historiography, The Logic of Fetishism argues that the structure of disavowal functions as a creative alternative to the all-encompassing meta-narratives of exile and insularity. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that transgression is written into the Cuban code: border crossings form the matrix of Cuban literature and culture. Pancrazio thus focuses on the oft-neglected transvestite, a figure who marks the entrance to the symbolic order and makes culture possible by representing representation.
About the author:
James J. Pancrazio received his doctorate in Latin American literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at Illinois State University. His work has appeared in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Cuban Studies, Caribe, Hojas Universitarias, and Revista Iberoamericana. His areas of interest include psychoanalysis, gender, performance, and Cuban literature and historiography.