(1838 - 1904)
Zoólogo, botánico y médico. Desarrolló una amplia labor en la Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País de La Habana. Autor de un depurado estilo literario, dio a conocer numerosas contribuciones científicas.
Social Sciences and Humanities
2001 | Ideamerica: Cuban literature in the Latin American literary context and its reflections of cultural identity .
Main executives entity: Institute of Literature and Linguistics (ILL)
Main author: Virgilio Lopez Lemus.
Summary:

It is an investigative project to approach many closely linked aspects collectively, about genres and topics of Cuban literature, in its Latin American context and from the profiles of cultural identity, with global perspective on the cultural processes, identity reflection in Cuban literary works and how these are parts of the common identity that they express. This proposal and its approach were not published before, with urgent need of studies, and with extensive projections, which guarantees its permanent validity. It is a collective investigation with many genres and aspects (poetry, narrative, essay and theater) from the 20th century, which offers an unpublished focus inside Cuban investigations on national literature.

There were obtained nine books with the same approach written by eight investigators, three that have already been published, other four that have been partially edited in magazines:

  • "Cuban poetry, 20th century and identity",
  • "Decima and identity",
  • "Fernando Ortiz faced to the 98’s sequels: The transcultural regeneration",
  • "Influence of romantic literature on the construction of Latin American identity",
  • "The sense of cultural identity in two key moments of Cuban narrative",
  • "Soul state in The Antilles. Identity topics in Cuban literary critic",
  • "From comedy to modern minstrel. Theatre and identity in Cuba",
  • "Cuban theatre and cultural identity", "
  • "Surrounding literature and identity topics".

The work continues and deepens in previous results of the Institute of Literature and Linguistics itself (ILL) such as the History of Cuban Literature and the Dictionary of Contemporary Cuban Literature, which allows reading again the same problem but in a superior level and a more complex environment.

The collective work has been able, as it is explained in its fundamentation, to present a mature and valid work for the meaning of the literary work in the conference and cultural identity development from the Latin American context, even when investigators of different levels and categories have participated.

This is an original topic because of its approach and its reach. It assesses the role and place of the literary production, of its wide meaning, in the development and confrontation of ideas.