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An Interview with Cristina García

An Interview with Cristina García CRISTINA GARCÍA Norma Quintana an interview with CRISTINA GARCÍA Conducted by Ylce Irizarry ristina García’s debut novel, Dreaming in Cuban (1992), was not only pivotal in the career of its author but also a watershed moment for Latina/o literature. Nominated for the National Book Award, Dreaming in Cuban has been included on university and high school reading lists nationwide, and portions of it have been anthologized. Beyond simply pro- pelling its author ’s renown, the book increased the visibility and acceptance of Latina/o writing within the mainstream American lit- erary canon. The novel’s treatment of Cuban exiles’ acculturation to the United States is compelling and the focus of much of the scholar- ship on the book. Yet its exploration of Cuban citizens’ acculturation to Castro’s Cuba—presented through Cuba’s intricate political and cultural history—is equally provocative. This acculturation is the basis for García’s subsequent novels, The Agüero Sisters (1997) and Monkey Hunting (2003). Cristina García was born in Havana in 1958. Her parents chose to live in exile when Castro assumed power. Because she was two years old when they left, she has no memories of Cuba; this lack has shaped her academic interests and pervades her writing, where mem- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

An Interview with Cristina García

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University of Wisconsin Press
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Copyright © 2007 the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin.
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1548-9949

Abstract

CRISTINA GARCÍA Norma Quintana an interview with CRISTINA GARCÍA Conducted by Ylce Irizarry ristina García’s debut novel, Dreaming in Cuban (1992), was not only pivotal in the career of its author but also a watershed moment for Latina/o literature. Nominated for the National Book Award, Dreaming in Cuban has been included on university and high school reading lists nationwide, and portions of it have been anthologized. Beyond simply pro- pelling its author ’s renown, the book increased the visibility and acceptance of Latina/o writing within the mainstream American lit- erary canon. The novel’s treatment of Cuban exiles’ acculturation to the United States is compelling and the focus of much of the scholar- ship on the book. Yet its exploration of Cuban citizens’ acculturation to Castro’s Cuba—presented through Cuba’s intricate political and cultural history—is equally provocative. This acculturation is the basis for García’s subsequent novels, The Agüero Sisters (1997) and Monkey Hunting (2003). Cristina García was born in Havana in 1958. Her parents chose to live in exile when Castro assumed power. Because she was two years old when they left, she has no memories of Cuba; this lack has shaped her academic interests and pervades her writing, where mem-

Journal

Contemporary LiteratureUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jul 25, 2007

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