The article, inspired by Antonio Benítez-Rojo’s postmodern work on Caribbean identity, The Repeating Island, applies the metaphor of a ripple effect to the writers of the Cuban Diaspora. These are writers who have left Cuba after the Cuban Revolution, but who belong to different generations, have left at different times, have established themselves in different countries, and write in different languages on themes unique to their particular experiences and interests. Yet, they share a Cuban identity based on the experience of displacement from their place of origin. Their collective trajectory resembles the ripple effect in water, which expands and changes while maintaining the form of its original source.
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Valiela, Isabel. “The Cuban Ripple Effect: Writing Cubanidad in the Diaspora.” Cuban Diaspora Literature. Spec. Issue of Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura 3.2 (2010): 95-109.
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