Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Publication Date

December 2019

Editor

Ken Seigneurie

ISBN

9781118635193

Abstract

This chapter begins with a capsule biographical sketch that situates José Martí as an agent of decolonization. It discusses Martí's place in literature, especially Spanish American letters, his transcultural importance, his work in translation, his role in the history of Cuban–US relations, and his vision for US relations with Latin America. It demonstrates the extraordinary international reach of his most popular writing by giving close attention to how two works, a book of poetry, Simple Verses (Versos Sencillos) and an essay, “Our America” (“Nuestra América”) have come to represent him to an increasingly broad audience.

Comments

This work was published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. in A Companion to World Literature, volume 5, 2019.

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