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Where the Dream Ends
Short Stories by Jos Alcntara Almanzar
Edited by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert with Cecilia Graa-Rosa
In an interview, Jos Alcntara Almanzar speaks of the relative isolation Dominican authors writing in Spanish experience vis--vis other Hispanic Caribbean authors. He laments their lack of international presence and their inability to traverse our island borders, both physical and mental. An important aspect of this isolation, he argues, is the lack of available translations of Dominican literature into...  More
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From "Lefty" "Of all the bitter memories of my childhood, theres one that always returns at pivotal moments like this. Its the memory of you, Rosariohefty...  Read excerpt
Caribbean Studies Press,

 
Fluid Spirits
Urban Voices from Contemporary Brazilian Umbanda
Diana Espirito Santo
This book is a journey into the heart of contemporary urban Brazilian Umbanda, a 20th century spirit possession movement that draws from African-inspired cosmologies in Brazil as well as European-derived Spiritism, that was labeled by its early scholars as the first truly national religion. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over many months in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and...  More

 
Stranger Encounters
The Impact of Tourists in Cuban Bed-and-Breakfasts
Kim Kozak, Dept. of Geography & Geology, Eastern Michigan U.
Moving beyond large-scale tourism in hotels and beach areas, "Stranger Encounters" considers tourists who want a broader experience of Cuban life, staying in "casa particulares," or bed-and-breakfasts. Such accommodations offer tourists the opportunity to enter the spaces of local homes, directly interacting with Cuban people in their everyday lives and spaces, and this book considers the dynamic relationship between tourism...  More

 
African Americans and Recent U.S. Policies Toward the Caribbean
Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico
Russell Benjamin
This work examines ways in which black Americans have related to policies of the U.S. government toward the Caribbean by focusing on events and developments in Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Topics include African American involvement in protests against the U.S. military presence and bombing in Vieques; black political activity regarding U.S. immigration policies toward Haitian refugees; black American and...  More

 
A Guide to Slave Route Sites in the Caribbean
Alissandra Cummins & Dr. Tara Inniss
Although the African slave trade has had an undeniable influence on the world, its history has not been accorded its rightful place in the heritage of humanity. UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project focusing on the transatlantic, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean slave trades to break the silence surrounding the...  More
Caribbean Studies Press, full-color illustrations,

 
We Never Asked for Carnival
Celebrating Life in a Time of Crisis
Celeste Fraser Delgado
"We Never Asked for Carnival"chronicles the first five years of the Carnival Arts program at two youth crisis centers in south Florida. Building on the theories of scholars such as Antonio Benitez-Royo, Max Harris, and Joseph Roach, who view the performance of Caribbean carnival as a collective attempt to displace violence in the region, past and present,, into symbolic and...  More
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"'We never asked for carnival,' a young man protested one afternoon in the summer of 2008, as I tried...  Read excerpt
Caribbean Studies Press, Includes color and black and white photos,

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