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FT-58698-11

Patricia Lynn Price
Florida International University (Miami, FL 33199-2516)

In Word and Deed: Cuban Exile Cultural Landscapes and the Haunting of Little Havana

When Cuban exiles talk about Miami they often do so in terms that make strong claims to place. Yet these narratives often also tie Miami of today to Cuba of the past, so much so that scholarship about and by Cuban exiles understands Miami as derivative, temporary, or even moribund. In this project I will use interviews and archival research to ask, "What does this narrative connection backward in time and space mean for the actual urban landscapes created by Cuban exiles in Miami?" I propose that Cuban exile Miami landscapes exist in productive tension between mobile geographies that are literally as well as figuratively haunted by pre-Revolutionary Cuba, and desires for rootedness and dwelling. This research will contribute to literatures on Hispanic place-making, memories and urban landscapes, geographies of emotion and narrative, and the interplay between homeland and exile. Theoretical and empirical insights of value to the study of diverse exile experiences will be developed.

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Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2011 – 8/31/2011