Over the past few decades, testimonial writing has established itself as a central form of expression and resistance. Rooted in nonfiction narrative modes, as well as in storytelling and oral history traditions, it developed into a literary genre in Latin America and the Caribbean in the wake of national liberation movements such as the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Testimonial writing achieved its greatest recognition and attracted serious critical attention in U.S. academic circles in the 1970s and 1980s. To date, however, critics have yet to agree upon a clear and uncontested definition of the genre. In addition to providing an overview of this debate, the purpose of this essay is to contribute to this ongoing dialogue through a discussion of the collection of testimonial expressions ReMembering Cuba: Legacy of a Diaspora.
“Sliding Into the Beyond”: On Testimonio in the Cuban Diaspora
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