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From Revolution to Migration

A Study of Contemporary Cuban and Cuban American Crime Fiction

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Helen Oakley

This book focuses on Cuban and Cuban-American crime fiction of the 1990s and early twenty-first century. Contemporary authors, writing in both English and Spanish, have created new hybrid forms of the crime fiction genre that explore the problematic cultural interaction between Cuba and the United States. Through an analysis of the work of writers such as Leonardo Padura Fuentes, José Latour and Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, the author investigates issues which include the oppression of the individual by the state within Cuba, constructions of masculinity and femininity, and the problems facing Cuban immigrants entering the United States.
The author demonstrates how contemporary writers have been influenced both by the American hard-boiled crime fiction genre and by the legacy of the socialist detective fiction that was promoted in Cuba by the Castro regime in the 1970s. By focusing on works produced both within and outside of Cuba, the book taps into wider debates concerning the concept of post-nationality. The cultural fluidity that characterizes these new variants of crime fiction calls into question traditional boundaries between national literatures and cultures.

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Acknowledgements I would like to acknowledge the support provided to me by all my friends and family during the writing of this book. My parents, Robert and Elizabeth, have helped tremendously with the final proof reading stage, and my friend Celeste-Marie Bernier and my sister Jane have of fered much encouragement. I am also very grateful to Patricia Odber de Baubeta for helping me to launch the project and for continuing to engage with it at key points of its development. I am thankful to Maney Publishing for allowing me to include a revised version of an article which I published in Comparative American Studies. I would also like to express my gratitude to Carolina Garcia-Aguilera and Alex Abella for taking the time to respond to my interview questions and for allowing me to include this material in the book. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge that the Special Lectureship granted to me by the School of American and Canadian Studies at Nottingham University has provided access to research resources which have been very valuable. The culmination of the writing of this book has coincided with the arrival of my niece Polly who has brought a wonderful new dimension into my life, and to whom this book is dedicated.

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