Novela y nacion en Cuba: 1837--1846

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Christina Civantos - Committee Chair


The creation and evolution of the first image of the Cuban nation is studied from the time it begins to take shape in the historical discourse, towards the last decade of the 18th Century, to the moment it becomes full fledged in the fictional narrative that surges and develops on the island between 1837 and 1846. An extensive historical account deals with the events that shatter the world of the sugar-producing Cuban bourgeoisie between 1792 and 1845, and eventually take them to actively seek and support the creation of a body of fictional narrative capable not only of objectifying the nation for the first time, but also of disseminating that powerful image among many different sectors of the island's population. The study of the creative process of that national image takes us to the analysis of the fictional texts themselves, and to the social and cultural contexts in which they were produced. Among the most important narrations studied are Cirilo Villaverde's El espeton de oro, Una excursion a Vueltabajo, El guajiro, Cecilia Valdes (1839), La joven de la flecha de oro, La peineta calada, Dos Amores, La vendedora de sombreros de yarey, El penitente and "Sucesos del siglo XVIII en La Habana"; Ramon de Palma's "Matanzas y Yumuri" and "Una pascua en San Marcos", Felix Tanco's "Petrona y Rosalia", Jose Antonio Echeverria's "Antonelli", Anselmo Suarez y Romero's Francisco, etc.


Literature, Latin American; History, Latin American; Literature, Caribbean

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