Literary culture in Cuba: Revolution, nation-building and the book

Literary culture in Cuba: Revolution, nation-building and the book

by Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia


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Literary culture in Cuba: Revolution, nation-building and the book by Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia

This book examines the complex ways in which a literary culture has been created and sustained within the Cuban Revolution. Based on the insights gained from original interviews with over 100 participants and sustained documentary research, it offers new perspectives and challenges long-held orthodoxies regarding the place of literature in the Cuban Revolution.

By departing from the conventional focus on individual texts and authors to instead examine the actors, processes and spaces (writing, regulation, publishing, promotion and reading) through which literature has operated inside Cuba since 1959, and thus situates literary culture within the broader revolutionary context of nation-building. It traces the development of literary culture from the first days of the Revolution through to the economic crisis of the 1990s, revealing the debates and tensions - but also the continuity of vision - which has underlined the production and circulation of literature on the island. Combining historical and theoretical approaches with more detailed case studies, it explores Cuban literary culture through a conceptual framework which identifies the unique and complex patterns of policy and practice within the Revolution and applies them to three particular contemporary phenomena - writing workshops, the Havana Book Festival, and the publishing infrastructure - which demonstrate the continuing centrality of literary culture within the Cuban Revolution.

The book is of interest to students and researchers working within Latin American Studies, those studying Cuba or other revolutionary contexts in Latin America, as well as those working in Cultural Studies, and lay readers with an interest in the Cuban Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719099953
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 415,825
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Par Kumaraswami is Associate Professor in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Reading

Antoni Kapcia is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Nottingham

Table of Contents


1. Locating literary culture in the trajectory of the Revolution

2. Understanding literary culture in the Revolution

3. 195961: the first flush of revolution

4. 196189: the years of radicalisation and consolidation

5. 1990s2000s: the years of crisis and reassessment

6. The path to becoming a writer in contemporary Cuba: the role of the Centro de Formación Literaria Onelio Jorge Cardoso and the movement of talleres literarios by Meesha Nehr

7. The history of a novel: Alberto Ajón León's ¿Qué bolá? (What's Up?)

8. The Feria Internacional del Libro de La Habana


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