Cuba: Reading and Revolution-Cuban Literature and Literary Culture
Examines postcolonial literature and literary culture in India, Nigeria, the UK, and Cuba, attending to what reading means and the importance of local literary marketplaces in postcolonial and neocolonial culture. Drawing on spatial theory, Ramone explores the representation of reading, both spaces and places, found in post-Revolutionary Cuban literature, including Leonardo Padura's 2005 crime novel, Adios, Hemingway, in which Hemingway is a murder suspect. Analyzes Padura's use of Hemingway's public persona and repetition, including repeated reading of "Big Two-Hearted River," to emphasize Hemingway the writer over Hemingway the celebrity. Ramone concludes that such focus on a more authentic version of Hemingway "in turn draws attention to the dual representation of Cuba, and its changing relationship with global trade and tourism."
Postcolonial Literatures in the Local Literary Marketplace