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Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro, and Robert Patrick Newcomb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620252

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620252.001.0001

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Transatlantic Currents: Oceanic Crossings in Novás Calvo’s El negrero

Transatlantic Currents: Oceanic Crossings in Novás Calvo’s El negrero

(p.76) Chapter Six Transatlantic Currents: Oceanic Crossings in Novás Calvo’s El negrero
Transatlantic Studies

Lisa Surwillo

Liverpool University Press

Novás Calvo's Pedro Blanco, el negrero novelizes the life of an infamous slave trader from Málaga who was responsible for the transportation of thousands of enslaved Africans to Cuba early in the nineteenth century. His Atlantic is a space of international exchange, aloosely regulated space where the forces of nature and currents created conditions for massive accumulations of capital. This essay argues that Novás Calvo writes against the narrative of European superiority through a depiction of the Atlantic Ocean as the determining his fate. Finally, the essay makes a methodological claim for reading transatlantically as a means to appreciate the Atlantic as both a space and a place that shaped human culture on land, at seas, and there lations among them.

Keywords:   slave trade, Atlantic Ocean, Spanish literature, Cuban literature, sea voyage, Lino Novás Calvo, prose

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