Notes on transculturisation and transculturality from the perspective of Fernando Ortiz’ Contrapunteo
The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance and influence of Fernando Ortiz’ Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar (1940) for current discussions on transculturality, cultural hybridism and creolization, especially. Through a comparative approach certain differences and similarities between Ortiz’ approach and other contemporary authors such as Á. Rama, N. García Canclini, P. Burke, W. Welsch and É. Glissant are underlined. It is asserted that Ortiz’ classical anthropological survey constitutes another contribution of an Antillean-Caribbean intellectual corpus whose importance should be better appreciated. Althought the emphasis in Ortiz’ book is on the Cuban society of his days, his broad transcultural perspective still has, in the present times, high relevance.