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She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body

Melissa Blanco Borelli


She is Cuba: A Genealogy of the Mulata Body traces the history of the Cuban mulata and her association with hips, sensuality and popular dance. It examines how the mulata choreographs her racialised identity through her hips and enacts an embodied theory called hip(g)nosis. By focusing on her living and dancing body in order to flesh out the process of identity formation, this book makes a claim for how subaltern bodies negotiate a cultural identity that continues to mark their bodies on a daily basis. Combining literary and personal narratives with historical and theoretical accounts of Cuban ... More

Keywords: Cuban mulata, Cuban popular dance, despelote, rumba, hips, hip(g)nosis, quadroon balls, Havana nightlife, academias de baile, bailes de cuna, Carmen Curbelo, Ninón Sevilla, female orishas in Cuba, orisha dances, Cuban dance on film, critical dance theory, corporeality, embodied knowledge, body and subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199968169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199968169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Blanco Borelli, author
Lecturer in Dance Studies, University of Surrey