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Miamiando: Performing Cubanness in the Time of Elián in Jennine Capó’s Make Your Home Among Strangers

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Marisela Fleites-Lear

Green River College, US
About Marisela
Marisela Fleites-Lear teaches Spanish and Latin American studies at Green River College where she was selected as "Distinguished Faculty" in 2012. Fleites-Lear has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, and an ABD in Philosophy from the University of Havana, Cuba/Karl Marx University, Leipzig. She is a Cuban-American, born and raised in Cuba, living in the USA since 1992. Her research and publications examine the construction of images of women in Latin American and Latino literature from the perspectives of literary, gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural studies.
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This essay scrutinizes the 2015 debut novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, written by Cuban American writer Jennine Capó Crucet. Through the methodology of textual analysis, it aims to critically examine and demonstrate how this novel center on the process of shaping and re-shaping one’s constructed identity in its intersections with a complex web of traditions, history, immigration, politics, power struggles, place and displacement, socio economic and class determinants. Guided by J. Butler and J. Blocker’s ideas on performativity, the essay posits that Cuban “exiles” occupy their exile “as a discursive position” to create and stage an identity. It examines the intersectional performativity of being Cuban in the United States, and the power/identitarian struggles of claiming Cubanness, as presented by Capó Crucet in her excellent first novel.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.337
How to Cite: Fleites-Lear, M., 2022. Miamiando: Performing Cubanness in the Time of Elián in Jennine Capó’s Make Your Home Among Strangers. Latin American Literary Review, 49(99), p.None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.337
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Published on 09 Sep 2022.
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