Sprache – Essen – Identität
Selbstvergewisserung und kulturelle Transformation in der US-kubanischen Gegenwartsliteratur
Calle Ocho in Miami’s district Little Havana represents a „home away from our homeland“ (Pérez Firmat) for many Cuban-Americans. In the context of migration and diaspora, language and food play an outstanding role and are important media of communication that create identity. Talking as well as eating are everyday activities that ensure survival – in a social and a material sense. Both identity-constituting as well as identity-reproducing elements are flamboyantly often addressed in contemporary autobiographies of Cuban-American writers. This book investigates the question: What significance is given by the respective authors to „language“ and „food“ as systems of communication for identity formation processes of Cubans in the United States?
Ana-Sofia Uhl (née Commichau) studied American and Hispanic Literature in Heidelberg and Madrid. She is associated member in the junior research group „From the Caribbean to North America and Back: Processes of Transculturation in Literature, Popular Culture and New Media“ at the University of Heidelberg and completed her dissertation at the School of Humanities in December 2015. In 2011 and 2013, she was visiting scholar at the Hermanos Saiz Montes de Oca University of Pinar del Rio, Cuba and at the Cuban Research Institute at the Florida International University in Miami, USA. Since 2014 she has been working as a research assistant at the School of Humanities at the University of Mannheim.