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Forms of Disappointment


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Part I. Allegory and Aesthetics in the Post-Revolution

1. Silence and the People in Boaventura Cardoso’s Maio, Mês de Maria and Mãe, Materno Mar

2. Postwar Cinematic Politics and the Structures of Disappointment

Part II. The Mobility of Form

3. The War Abroad and the War at Home: Eliseo Alberto’s Caracol Beach

4. Revolution from the South in J. E. Agualusa’s O Ano em que Zumbi Tomou o Rio

Part III. Genre, Style, and Empire

5. Deferred Time and Belated Histories in Leonardo Padura’s El hombre que amaba a los perros

6. Post-Revolutionary Pastiche in Pepetela’s Jaime Bunda Novels

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About the Author

Lanie Millar is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Oregon.


"Forms of Disappointment offers an insightful and unique comparative analysis of a body of works produced in the post–Cold War period. By focusing on the Global South, instead of the customary north-south relationship favored by Cuba experts, the book contributes significantly to the fields of Cuban, African, and Latin American Studies; and more broadly to 'affect theory' and postcolonial studies. It is remarkably well written with elegant and clear prose." — Marta Hernández Salván, author of Mínima Cuba: Heretical Poetics and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba

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