Although North Americans may not recognize it, Cuba has long shaped the German imaginary. Sun, Sex, and Socialism picks up this story from the early 1960s, detailing how the newly upstart island in the U.S. backyard inspired citizens on both sides of the Berlin Wall.
By the 1970s, international rapprochements and repressions on state levels were stirring citizen disenchantment, discontent, and grassroots solidarities in all three nations. The Cold War's official end generated waves of politicised nostalgia and prescriptions for the newly configured Cuba and Germany, as exemplified in films like Buena Vista Social Club. Meanwhile, from the New Left movement to today, revolutionary compatriots Ché Guevara and Tamara Bunke continued to be icons of youth resistance, even while being commodified globally.
Sun, Sex, and Socialism illustrates how Germans identified with transnational communities beyond the East-West binary. Through analysis of cultural production that often countered governmental intentions for official diplomacy, Jennifer Ruth Hosek offers a broad-reaching history of the influence of the global South on the global North.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||German and European Studies|
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1 Contesting the New Berlin Republic through Germany's Cubas
2 Extending Solidarian Heimat: Cuba and the 1960s Democratic Republic
3 Translating Revolution: Cuba and the 1960s Federal Republic
4 Siting Trials: Cuba as Cipher for German Governance around the 1970s
5 Touring Revolution and Resistance: Tamara Bunke and Che Guevara