In this dissertation, I draw on memories inspired and heightened by compassionate interviews in order to produce a unifying narrative of interactions with family and friends prior to and following my exile from Cuba in 1960. I use autoethnography and narrative inquiry to understand how I made the decision to leave Cuba and the life I have lived in exile for almost sixty years. My dissertation focuses on what it means to live as a reluctant immigrant and how historically constituted power relations define the identity of many Cuban exiles. I discuss and contrast the politics of passion and the politics of affection. The politics of affection undermine the goals of the politics of passion; the moral imperative of what ought to be is not achieved and becomes an antecedent of the necessity to exile. The story I tell draws attention to memory, identity, displacement, the experience of ambiguous loss, the sadness of unfulfilled dreams of return, and the decision to live in exile as a survivor not a victim regardless of my disenchantment and resistance to the Castro Revolution.
|Advisor:||Bochner, Arthur P.|
|Commitee:||Ellis, Carolyn, Eisenberg, Eric, Cámara, Madeline|
|School:||University of South Florida|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Autoethnography, Displacement, Exile, Identity, Memory, Narrative|
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