1st Edition

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change

By Mauricio A. Font, Araceli Tinajero Copyright 2014
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2016. If scholarship on Cuban studies after the 1959 revolution focused on the historical and cultural aspects of the construction of a socialist order, the post-1989 crisis of socialism in Central and Eastern Europe raised questions about the island’s state as a socialist model. The scholarly gaze gradually began to focus on possibilities for alternative transformations at various levels of social life rather than on the deepening of traditional twentieth-century state socialism. This volume explores the newly emergent themes and debates about Cuban society and history.

    General Introduction Part I: History 1 El derecho de nacer: Legitimidad, historia, y literatura en Cuba 2 In Defense of the Cuban Revolution: Mobilization and Popular Support for Revolutionary Change, 1959–1961 3 Youth Organizations in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959–1962: From Unidad to Vanguardia 4 Sugar and Revolution: Cuba, 1952–2002 5 Cuban Corporatism: Batista’s Three-Year Plan and a Nation Betrayed 6 An Anarchist Crucible: Transnational Radicals in Cuba, 1900–1915 7 The Hernández Family: Migration, Cubanidad, and Transnational Identities Part II: Literature and Intellectuals 8 Defining the Revolution: Afro-Cuban Intellectuals and the Doctrine of Martí 9 Fantoches 1926: A Collective Crime Mystery 10 Reinaldo Arenas: The Spokesman of the Invisible Community 11 Havana, a City of Disenchantment in the Narrative of Padura Fuentes 12 El sujeto cubano en ruinas y las heterotopías sexualizadas de La Habana en Contrabando de sombras, de Antonio José Ponte Part III: Arts 13 “La Habana está en todas partes”: Young Musicians and the Symbolic Redefinition of the Cuban Nation 14 Rumba Performance and the Politics of Place in the Era of Cultural Tourism 15 Cuban Ethnicities in Cinematic Context, 1930s–1950s 16 Fashion in Twenty-First-Century Havana 17 Infidelity in Cuban Drama of the 1980s and 1990s: Toward a Positive Interpretation of Rupture 18 Teatro cubano del transmilenio, 1990–2010 19 P.M. in the Artistic Context 20 Una mirada historiográfica a la plástica cubana contemporánea: La Generación de cierta esperanza versus la Generación de la esperanza cierta


    Mauricio A. Font; Dr Araceli Tinajero

    "This handbook fills a need to bring interested readers up to date with developments in Cuban culture and society after the Special Period, when the Soviet Union disappeared together with its generous subsidies. . .Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries."

    "Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts offers in one volume a comprehensive view of the status of Cuban studies today. The book illuminates the growing salience of social issues and changes in music, literature, cinema, and theater, thus fostering a fuller understanding of historical and current social dynamics of a Cuba in transformation today. This compilation contributes to the development of a framework for understanding the ongoing transformations in the presence of changing structural dynamics."
    — Sir Read-a-Lot