[First paragraph]José Marti's "Our America": From National to Hemispheric Cultural Studies. JEFFREY BELNAP & RAÜL FERNANDEZ (eds.). Durham NC: Duke University Press, 1998. viii + 344 pp. (Cloth US$ 49.95, Paper US$ 17.95)Re-Reading José Marti (1853-1895): One Hundred Years Later. JULIO RODRÏGUEZ-LUIS (ed.). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. xxiii + 158 pp. (Paper US$ 16.95)José Marti Reader: Writings on the Americas. DEBORAH SHNOOKAL & MIRTA MUNIZ (eds.). Melbourne: Ocean Press, 1999. xiii + 276 pp. (Paper US$ 19.95)Generated by the tide of commemorations in 1995 that marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the death of José Marti, a number of scholarly volumes have washed into the mainstream of debates on the origins and contradictions of identities now taking place across disciplines and geographic regions. A new generation of Latin Americanists, specialists of U.S. history, politics, and literature, as well as scholars in the ever-widening domain of cultural studies, have published works on José Marti's writings and life experiences. Taken together, they represent an unprecedented re-evaluation and reinterpretation of José Marti as both a man and a myth. In general, the methods, approaches, and conceptual points of reference on which these new works rely make for an exciting and unique set of arguments about who Marti was, why he mattered and what his writings teil us about the time in which he lived and the multiple societies of which he formed a part.
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