Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Latin American Library Announces Arrival of Final 2010-2011 Greenleaf Scholar

May 12th, 2010

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is delighted to announce the arrival of the fourth and final LAL Greenleaf Fellow for 2010-2011, Dr. Luisa Campuzano, who will be with us from this coming Friday, May 14 through July 8.

Dr. Campuzano is one of the foremost literary scholars in Cuba today. An emeritus profesora titular from the Facultad de Artes y Letras at Universidad de La Habana, Luisa Campuzano founded and directs the Women’s Studies program at Casa de Las Américas. She is also Vice-President of the Alejo Carpentier Foundation (2008), and director of the journal Revolución y cultura. Her early research centered on the Greco-Roman Classics; in the past few decades her work has focused on Latin American cultural, literary and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th centuries and on women writers. She has written extensively on 19th century travel writers within the context of broader cultural debates at the time concerning Cuba’s future in a post-Spanish colonial era and increasing concerns over rising US influence in the hemisphere. Her books include Carpentier entonces y ahora (Editorial Letras Cubanas, 1997) and Las muchachas de La Habana no tienen temor de Dios: Escritoras cubanas (s. XVIII-XXI) (Ediciones Unión, 2004).

Project: Viajeros/as cubanos/as a Estados Unidos: siglo XIX / Nineteenth-Century Cuban Travelers to the United States.

Preparo un libro sobre textos de viajeros/as cubanos que visitaron los Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX. Conformado y analizado el corpus, y revisados los fondos de bibliotecas cubanas, necesito consultar bibliografía no localizable en Cuba: literatura de viajes a Estados Unidos producida contemporáneamente por otros viajeros/as – latinoamericanos y europeos-; prensa de la época – en particular, los muchos periódicos en español editados en Nueva Orleáns-; bibliografía teórica sobre viajes y literatura de viajes; bibliografía crítica sobre libros de viajeros/as; libros de historia y de referencia, mapas, grabados y fotografías que permitan contextualizar lo que escriben los viajeros/as cubanos.

I am working on a book-length study of Cuban travelers who visited the United States in the nineteenth century. I have examined the extant corpus available in Cuban libraries, but I need to consult works that are not available in Cuba, such as contemporaneous travel narratives of other Latin American and European writers who also visited the United States; newspapers and journals of the time, particularly the Spanish-language press in New Orleans; contemporary theoretical works on travel and travel writing; critical bibliographies on travel writing; histories and reference works; as well as maps, prints and photographs that may contextualize the works of Cuban travelers.