Cuba in the 1960s was a scene of unprecedented cultural production and experimentation. In Ediciones El puente y los vacíos del canon literario cubano, María Isabel Alfonso captures the intensity of those years with a nuanced approach to El Puente, a collectively structured, semi-autonomous publishing house (1961-1965) whose work was excluded from the Cuban literary canon. By proposing categories such as “revolutionary existentialism," the author uncovers the forgotten history of the publishing house while exposing the limits of literary historiographies and canonicity.
Author: María Isabel Alfonso, Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at St. Joseph’s College.
Discussant: César A. Salgado, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Graduate Adviser in the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
Moderator: Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Director, Cultural Agents Initiative.
Presented in collaboration with The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University