The epistolary, as a literary genre, obtains greater value when it surpasses personal limits to reach a collective dimension. Further, if this epistolary belongs to a personality of historical and literary projection, its transcendence is even greater, as it transmits ideas and principles that mark an epoch and a social, political and cultural community. When the message it transmits spreads and reaches many, influencing the consciousness of those who receive it, its impact is undeniable. Referring to Felix Varela Morales (1788-1853), Jose de la Luz y Caballero said "As long as we think about the land of Cuba, we will think about who taught us first to think," words that allow us to understand this person's importance and relevance. Varela Morales was a priest, philosopher, educator, journalist, and a Cuban writer; he was a promoter of the island's independence and of its national identity. His epistolary is a valuable and significant testimony from which it is possible to know and validate a long and prolific trajectory that goes through several years of the intellectual and political history of Cuba. This thesis will present, supported by the theories of Homi Bhabha about identity and the communicative action of Jorgen Habermas, how the correspondence and the literary works of Felix Varela reflect the seeds of the formation of a Cuban identity as a basis of true independence from Spanish colonialism without, paradoxically, rejecting its colonial heritage.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Rodriguez, Fidel, "Formacion de la Conciencia Identitaria Cubana Como via a la Independencia del Colonialismo Espanol en el Epistolario de Felix Varela Morales (1823-1850)" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6820.
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