Pasavento. Review of Hispanic Studies, vol. V, n.º 2 (Summer 2017), pp. 425-442, ISSN: 2255-4505

INTERMEDIALITY AND DISSIDENCE IN ÚLTIMA RUMBA EN LA HABANA

Roberta Tennenini

robertatennenini@gmail.com


Abstract

In the novel Última rumba en La Habana (2001), Fernando Velázquez Medina explores the darkest and most miserable aspects of Cuba’s special period by means of a discursive construction based on intermediality. The work belongs to the so-called “dirty realism” and it stages a prostitute’s monologue whose dream is to go into exile. The novel is dotted with literary, musical, cinematographic and artistic references that contribute to deconstruct the revolutionary meta-narrative that the protagonist criticizes. According with the views of Mitchell, Rajewsky and Müller on intermediality and following Foucault's reflections on power, this article analyses the counter-hegemonic potential of intermediality.


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Keywords

Fernando Velázquez Medina; Dirty Realism; Intermediality; Cuba; Exile

Reception Date

05.13.2016

Definitive Acceptance Date

06.30.2017

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