Lydia Cabrera: Along the Paths of Cryptomemory

  • Madeline Cámara Betancourt
Part of the New Concepts in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


Writings from Memory: The Founder believes in the communion between her writing and her cultural heritage. Her gift has been to listen to the ancestors; her task is to transmit their voices.


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  1. 13.
    On the subject of testimony in Latin American Literature, see Barnet, “La novela-testimonio”; Beverley, Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions; Sklodowska, Testimonio hispanoamericano. For placing Cabrera’s writing in the genre of testimonial literature, see Rodríguez-Mangual and González Mandri. I am interested in the comparisons that would be possible in a side-by-side study of Cabrera’s writings on blacks and those of Rosario Castellanos on Indians. Their works, which existed on the border between ethnography and fiction, were pioneering efforts at opening up the space of testimonio as a literature on, and of, the Latin American Other. For another interesting comparative point of view on Cabrera’ works see Lynda Hoffman-Jeep. “Creating Ethnography: Zora Neale Hurston and Lydia Cabrera.” African American Review 39 (2005): 337–54.Google Scholar

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