By Rafael Rojas
Recognized essayist and Cuban historian Rafael Rojas offers a set of his most sensible paintings, one that focuses on--and deals possible choices to--the significant myths that experience prepared Cuban tradition from the 19th century to the current. Rojas explores an important subject matters of Cuban highbrow background, together with the legacy of José Martí, the cultural impact of the warfare in 1898, the development of a countrywide canon of Cuban literature, the works of classical intellectuals of the republican interval, the literary journal Orígenes, the ideological effect of the Cuban Revolution, and the chances of a democratic transition within the island firstly of the twenty-first century.
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In this way, little by little, Garrigó’s essay ends up surrendering to the seductions of the hypothesis as a rhetorical figure. 42 Garrigó’s imagination, once moral, becomes historical. As such, it is authorized to speculate on the fate of Cuba. What would have happened if its colonizers had been British instead of Spanish? If the capture of Havana had lasted more than a year? Or if the United States had bought Cuba’s sovereignty in the nineteenth century as the annexationists wanted? If our colonization had started with England and if the same men who disembarked from the Mayflower when it arrived in Massachusetts had come to the coast of Cuba, how different things would have been!
The word race is wide-ranging and vague, so that each race subdivides into many branches and families, with their own traits (regional in some instances). And yet, all these traits lead to common traits, a common character, although they are likely to present themselves 34 Essays in Cuban Intellectual History in different phases that form the genius of the race . . The Hispanic race is about arrogance, indolence, lack of a practical spirit, verbosity, uniformity, and decorum. The indigenous Americans represent resignation, passivity and vengeance.
The Cuban was not a human type that synthesized the two races. Rather, he was a third group, white Creole, that lived in the nineteenth century during colonial times. ”39 The ethnic heterogeneity of the island (an obsession of the Creole intellectuals from Father Varela to Fernando Ortiz), was understood as an unfavorable condition for the modern civilizing project. Thus we have the emergence in eugenicist discourse of the representation of Cuba as threshold, an in-between of different races, religions, and civic models.