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Central American Writers of West Indian Origin

Ian Smart
ISBN: 978-0-89410-397-1
ISBN: 978-0-89410-398-8
1984/149 pages


This is the first book-length analysis of the emerging literature written in Spanish by contemporary Central Americans whose grandparents came from the largely English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. Smart shows how the themes of language, religion, identity, exile, the plantation, mestizaje, and interracial love are explored in this literature to their fullest pan- Caribbean potential, and how they became the fundamental creative axis for such young Central American West Indian writers as Cubena, Gerardo Maloney, Quince Duncan, and Eulalia Bernard.


Ian Smart is associate professor of Spanish at Howard University. He is cofounder of the Afro-Hispanic Review.