Learning to Drink Two Kinds of Milk: Understanding Representations of Cubanía in the USAmerican Context Through Carmelita Tropicana’s Performance in Milk of Amnesia/Leche de Amnesia
Bryn Mawr College. Department of English
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This essay explores the work of Cuban-born artist Alina Troyano in her role as the performance persona Carmelita Tropicana. Her play Milk of Amnesia/Leche de Amnesia was commissioned by Performance Space 122 and is based on her return trip to Havana in 1993 during the height of Cuba’s Special Period. Carmelita moves through the colonial legacy to the contemporary moment to reveal how those on the island and those in the greater diasporic community (particularly individuals living in the United States) conceptualize and propagate cubanía as it relates to racial, sexual, and bi-cultural identity.