Afro-Panamanian Identity in the Literature from the Twentieth to the New Millennium

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Title Afro-Panamanian Identity in the Literature from the Twentieth to the New Millennium
La identidad afropanameña en la literatura desde el siglo XX hasta el nuevo milenio
Creator Watson, Sonja Stephenson
Subject Afro-Panamanian
national identity
identidad nacional
Description Black Panamanian identity in Panama is both complex and problematic becauseof the coexistence of two groups of blacks in the country: afro-colonials and black West Indians. While afro-colonials are the product of race mixing and identify by their Panamanian nationality, West Indians are immigrants and follow the racial model of their native countries-Jamaica and Barbados- which are racially constructed around blackness. Therefore, they identify as black. As a result, in Panama it is difficult to talk about Afro-Panamanian identity because it is marked by fluidity and racial, cultural and linguistic hybridity. The afro-Panamanian writers, Juan Urriola, Gaspar Octavio Hernández, Carlos Cubena Guillermo Wilson, and Melva Lowe de Goodin represent these two ethnic groups. As a result, their works manifest the problematic of identity which is a reflection of the African diaspora.
La identidad negra en Panamá es un concepto complejo por la coexistencia de dos grupos de negros: los afrocoloniales y los afroantillanos. Mientras que los afrocoloniales son producto del mestizaje racial y se identifican por su nacionalidad panameña, los afroantillanos son inmigrantes y siguen el modelo racial de sus países natales ”Jamaica y Barbados” que se basa en la negritud. Los escritores afropanameños Juan Urriola, Gaspar Octavio Hernández, Carlos Cubena Guillermo Wilson y Melva Lowe de Goodin representan a estos dos grupos étnicos y en sus obras se manifiesta la problemática de la identidad, reflejo de la diáspora africana.
Publisher Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas
Date 2015-06-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source LiminaR Estudios Sociales y Humanísticos; Vol 13 No 2: July-December, 2015; 27-37
LiminaR Estudios Sociales y Humanísticos; Vol. 13 Núm. 2: julio-diciembre, 2015; 27-37
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