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Author Bejel, Emilio, 1944-

Title José Martí : images of memory and mourning / Emilio Bejel
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 163 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Gaze, intentionality, and manipulation -- Battling for the national icon -- The filming of a memory -- Melancholia for Martí -- Afterthoughts : resisting Cuban melancholia
Summary This book is a critical study of visual representations of José Martí, the National Hero of Cuba, and the discourses of power that make it possible for Martí's images to be perceived as icons today. It argues that an observer of Martí's icons who is immersed in the Cuban national narrative experiences a retrospective reconstruction of those images by means of ideologically formed national discourses of power. Also, the obsessive reproduction of Martí's icons signals a melancholia for the loss of the martyr-hero. But instead of attempting to "forget Martí'", the book concludes that the utopian impulse of his memory should serve to resist melancholia and to visualize new forms of creative re-significations of Martí and, by extension, the nation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Martí, José, 1853-1895 -- Monuments -- Social aspects -- Cuba.
Martí, José, 1853-1895 -- Portraits -- Social aspects -- Cuba.
Memorialization -- Social aspects -- Cuba.
Memorials -- Social aspects -- Cuba.
Social psychology -- Cuba.
Visual sociology -- Cuba.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 113712265X (electronic bk.)
9781137122650 (electronic bk.)