To Be or Not to Be Caribe: Magazine Combat in Cuba, 1944


Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:45pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

To Be or Not To BeIn the absence of a flourishing book industry, literary magazines become important vehicles of literary, intellectual, and political history in Cuba. This presentation investigates a located literary-critical battle between two Havana-based literary magazines that was central to the racialization of literary and political discourse.

Speaker: Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann, Emerson College

Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann, Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Brown University, and she is currently completing a book that argues for the centrality of literary magazines to pan-Caribbean discourse and Caribbean literary production. Her published and forthcoming articles include work on literary magazines and the intertextual relationship between Aimé Césaire and Lydia Cabrera. She was co-editor with Clement White of the Special Issue on Nicolás Guillén of the C.L.R. James Journal (2015), and she regularly translates literature between English and Spanish.

Moderated by Alejandro de la Fuente, Harvard University, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at Harvard University; Director of Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard