Transatlantic, Transcultural, and Transnational Dialogues on Identity, Culture, and Migration analyzes the diasporic experiences of migratory and postcolonial subjects through the lenses of cultural studies, critical race theory, narrative theory, and border studies. These narratives cover the United States, the U.S.-Mexico border, the Hispanophone Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula and illustrate a shared diasporic experience across the Atlantic. Through a transatlantic, transcultural, and transnational lens, this volume brings together essays on literature, film, and music from disparate geographic areas: Spain, Cuba and Jamaica, the U.S.-Mexico border, and Colombia. Throughout the volume, the contributors explore intertextual transatlantic dialogues, and migratory experiences of diasporic subjects and queer subjectivities. The chapters also examine the use of language to preserve Latinx culture, colonial and Spanish cultural exchanges, border identities, and race, gender, identity, and cultural production. In turn, these diasporic experiences result from transatlantic, transcultural, and transnational phenomena that converge in a globalized society and aid in questioning the artificial boundaries of nation states.
Lori Celaya is associate professor and director of Latin American studies at the University of Idaho.
Sonja Stephenson Watson is dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts and professor of Spanish at Texas Christian University.
Introduction: Transatlanticism, Transculturalism, and Transnationalism
Lori Celaya and Sonja S. Watson
Part I Globalization, Transculturation, and Hybridity
Chapter 1: Religious Conversion, Citizenship, and Migration in Reyes Monforte’s Un burka por amor [A Burka for Love]
Marta Boris Tarré
Chapter 2: “It Is but One World”: Revisiting Globalization, Transculturation, and Hybridity in Light of the US Hispanic/Latinx Experience
Chapter 3: Transatlantic and Transtemporal Dialogues vis-à-vis Parody and Samplingin Raining Backwards by Roberto G. Fernández.
Chapter 4: From Hero to Queero: Transatlantic Geotext of Francisco Aragón and Frederico García Lorca
Jana F. Gutiérrez Kerns
Part II Diaspora, Citizenship, and Migration
Chapter 5: Immigration, Identity, and the Other in Pasajeros (2001) by Elio Palecia
Chapter 6: Diaspora, Citizenship, and Belonging: Third- and Fourth-Generation Cubans of Jamaican Descent and the Quest for Jamaican Citizenship
Paulette A. Ramsay
Chapter 7: Bidirectional Shifts and Transformations in and through US Latina Diasporic Narratives
Part III Transatlantic Readings of Race, Gender, and Identity through Cultural Production
Chapter 8: Narcissism and Melancholia: A Transnational Dialogue on Whiteness through La esclava blanca
Chapter 9: Evoking Africa: The Music of Jairo Varela and Grupo Niche
Luisa Marcela Ossa
Chapter 10: Teaching (Afro-Latin) American Hip-Hop across the Americas: A Transatlantic Approach
Sonja S. Watson
An innovative, wide-ranging collection of essays that address “trans” topics in spirited and challenging ways.
Lori Celaya and Sonja Watson’s intriguing and wide-ranging collection explores the multiple dimensions of the trans prefix—transnational, transcultural, transcontinental, and even transracial—among people of Latin American origin in the United States, Latin America, and Spain. This well-edited volume provides fresh insights on novels, poems, chronicles, popular songs, telenovelas, and other cultural genres, especially by promoting a broad interdisciplinary dialogue about the transformative implications of the massive movement of people across national borders. I recommend it as a significant and original contribution to the intertwined fields of Latino, Latin American, Caribbean. and Afro-Latino studies.
Thoroughly researched and refreshingly expansive in its areas of focus, this volume weaves an energetic, cohesive, and engaging thread of transatlanticism/culturalism/nationalism through the fields of music, literature, religion, language, and politics. Each innovative chapter stands on its own as a focused dive into how African diasporic communities navigate various forms of “crossing” to create an identity in new geographic, political, and linguistic spaces. Most significantly, however, is the work’s collective message that a thoughtful consideration of “culture from below” invites a rich, interdisciplinary discussion about the interconnectedness of migration and identity in Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean.