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    Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar (Paperback) By (author) Fernando Ortiz, Translated by Harriet de Onis

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    DescriptionFirst published in 1940 and long out of print, Fernando Ortiz's classic work, "Cuban Counterpoint" is recognized as one of the most important books of Latin American and Caribbean intellectual history. Ortiz's examination of the impact of sugar and tobacco on Cuban society is unquestionably the cornerstone of Cuban studies and a key source for work on Caribbean culture generally. Though written over fifty years ago, Ortiz's study of the formation of a national culture in this region has significant implications for contemporary postcolonial studies. Ortiz presents his understanding of Cuban history in two complementary sections written in contrasting styles: a playful allegorical tale narrated as a counterpoint between tobacco and sugar and a historical analysis of their development as the central agricultural products of the Cuban economy. Treating tobacco and sugar both as agricultural commodities and as social characters in a historical process, he examines changes in their roles as the result of transculturation. His work shows how transculturation, a critical category Ortiz developed to grasp the complex transformation of cultures brought together in the crucible of colonial and imperial histories, can be used to illuminate not only the history of Cuba, but, more generally, that of America as well. This new edition includes an introductory essay by Fernando Coronil that provides a contrapuntal reading of the relationship between Ortiz's book and its original introduction by the renowned anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. Arguing for a distinction between theory production and canon formation, Coronil demonstrates the value of Ortiz's book for anthropology as well as Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American studies, and shows Ortiz to be newly relevant to contemporary debates about modernity, postmodernism, and postcoloniality.

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    Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fernando Ortiz, Translated by Harriet de Onis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 408
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780822316169
    ISBN 10: 0822316161

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    Illustrations note
    25 b&w photographs
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    01 April 1995
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
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    "The first and only comprehensive study of the West Indian people. Ortiz ushered the Caribbean into the thought of the twentieth century and kept it there." --C. L. R. James