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Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection – Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion - University Press of Mississippi
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Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection: Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion

Matthew Pettway

Abstract

Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (also known as Plácido) were perhaps the most important and innovative Cuban writers of African descent during the Spanish colonial era.Both nineteenth-century authors used Catholicism as a symbolic language for African-inspired spirituality.Likewise, Plácido and Manzano subverted the popular imagery of Neoclassicism and Romanticism in order to envision black freedom in the tradition of the Haitian Revolution.African religious knowledge subverted official Catholic dogma about redemptive suffering that might free the soul but leave the ... More

Keywords: Cuban literature, Santería, Manzano, Plácido, Haitian Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496824967
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496824967.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Pettway, author
University of South Alabama