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Slave Rebellion and Social Identity in Cuba and the U.S. during the 1840s and 1850s
David Luis-Brown, Claremont Graduate University

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The Sun of Jesús del Monte: A Cuban Antislavery Novel (Book)
Title: The Sun of Jesús del Monte: A Cuban Antislavery Novel
Author: David Luis-Brown
Abstract: Andrés Avelino de Orihuela’s The Sun of Jesús del Monte (Paris, 1852), is among the most important novels on race and slavery to come out of nineteenth-century Cuba prior to Cirilo Villaverde’s Cecilia Valdés (1881-1882), joining Francisco (1839) by Anselmo Suárez y Romero and Sab (1841) by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. It is the only Cuban novel of its time to focus centrally on La Escalera (The Ladder Rebellion, 1843-44), Cuba’s major anticolonial and slave insurrection. It indicts white privilege, racism and even the idea of race itself far more forcefully than any other Cuban novel of its time. The introduction and afterword situate the novel within nineteenth-century Cuban history and transatlantic literary history, explaining how Orihuela built on his experience of translating Harriet Beecher Stowe’s bestselling Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) into Spanish by adapting the sentimental melodrama of Stowe and the genre of costumbrismo, the representation of local customs, to pen an antislavery novel that was uncompromising in its searing critique of white supremacy and was politically committed to giving voice to the grievances of people of color like the celebrated Cuban poet Plácido (Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés), a martyr of La Escalera. This is the first translation of Orihuela's novel into English, and the first critical edition of the book.
Year: 2022
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Primary URL Description: The University of Virginia Press site for the book
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Secondary URL Description: The site for the book
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Type: Edited Volume
Type: Translation
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780813946214
Translator: David Luis-Brown
Copy sent to NEH?: No