Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way by Gustavo Pérez Firmat

Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way

byGustavo Pérez Firmat

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An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author’s own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the “1.5 Generation” (Cubans who came to the United States as children or teens) have lived “life on the hyphen”—neither fully Cuban nor fully American, but a fertile hybrid of both. Offering an in-depth look at Cuban-Americans who have become icons of popular and literary culture—including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, musician Pérez Prado, and crossover pop star Gloria Estefan, as well as poets José Kozer and Orlando González Esteva, performers Willy Chirino and Carlos Oliva, painter Humberto Calzada, and others—Gustavo Pérez Firmat chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America.

The first edition of Life on the Hyphen won the Eugene M. Kayden National University Press Book Award and received honorable mentions for the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award.

About The Author

Gustavo Pérez Firmat is the David Feinson Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, he is also the author of numerous books of literary and cultural criticism, including The Havana Habit, Tongue Ties, and The Cuban Condition. Newsweek included him among "100 Americans to...
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Title:Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American WayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 9 × 6.08 × 0.8 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292735995

ISBN - 13:9780292735996

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Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Second Edition. The Facts of Life on the Hyphen
  • Introduction. The Desi Chain
    • Mambo No. 1: Lost in Translation
  • Chapter One. I Love Ricky
    • Mambo No. 2: Spic 'n' Spanish
  • Chapter Two. The Man Who Loved Lucy
    • Mambo No. 3: Desi Does It
  • Chapter Three. A Brief History of Mambo Time
    • Mambo No. 4: The Barber of Little Havana
  • Chapter Four. Salsa for All Seasons
    • Mambo No. 5: Mirror, Mirror
  • Chapter Five. Rum, Rump, and Rumba
    • Mambo No. 6: English Is Broken Here
  • Chapter Six. No Man's Language
    • Mambo No. 7: El mago de la ñ y el acento
  • Chapter Seven. The Spell of the Hyphen
  • Epilogue. My Repeating Island
  • Notes
  • Index