El Lector: A History of the Cigar Factory Reader

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byAraceli TinajeroTranslated byJudith E. Grasberg

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The practice of reading aloud has a long history, and the tradition still survives in Cuba as a hard-won right deeply embedded in cigar factory workers' culture. In El Lector, Araceli Tinajero deftly traces the evolution of the reader from nineteenth-century Cuba to the present and its eventual dissemination to Tampa, Key West, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In interviews with present-day and retired readers, she records testimonies that otherwise would have been lost forever, creating a valuable archive for future historians.

Through a close examination of journals, newspapers, and personal interviews, Tinajero relates how the reading was organized, how the readers and readings were selected, and how the process affected the relationship between workers and factory owners. Because of the reader, cigar factory workers were far more cultured and in touch with the political currents of the day than other workers. But it was not only the reading material, which provided political and literary information that yielded self-education, that influenced the workers; the act of being read to increased the discipline and timing of the artisan's job.

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The practice of reading aloud has a long history, and the tradition still survives in Cuba as a hard-won right deeply embedded in cigar factory workers' culture. In El Lector, Araceli Tinajero deftly traces the evolution of the reader from nineteenth-century Cuba to the present and its eventual dissemination to Tampa, Key West, Puerto ...

ARACELI TINAJERO is a professor in the Foreign Languages Department at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.03 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292725760

ISBN - 13:9780292725768

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AcknowledgmentsPrologue to the English EditionIntroduction Part IReading Aloud in Cigar Factories until 19001. Cuba2. From Cuba to Spain: Reading Aloud in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s La TribunaPart II “Workshop Graduates” and “Workers in Exile”: Reading Aloud in the United States and Puerto Rico, 1868–19313. Key West4. Tampa5. Luisa Capetillo: Lectora in Puerto Rico, Tampa, and New YorkPart IIICigar Factory Lectores in Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, 1902–20056. Cuba, 1902–19597. Cuba, 1959–20058. Mexico: The Echoes of Reading9. The Dominican Republic: Reading Aloud and the FutureEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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El Lector will find a broad and appreciative audience and will become a landmark in the study of Cuban and Latin American cultures. - Roberto González Echevarría, Yale University