Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts

JUL 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


July 10, 2014: 4:00 PM





Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts

New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change


Rafael Rojas 
Princeton University Global Scholar

Ana Maria Hernández 
LaGuardia Community College

Raúl Rubio 
John Jay College, CUNY

Jerry Carlson
The City College of New York and Graduate Center

Mauricio Font 
Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Araceli Tinajero 
The City College of New York and Graduate Center


This handbook explores key themes in the current debate about Cuba’s contemporary cultural and historical dynamics. Leading academics from Cuba, the United States, and Europe bring to light significant revisions of the artistic and literary canon and the historical archive, and they reconsider often neglected subjects and dynamics in historiography as well as contemporary affairs. The book includes new studies on contentious mobilization, leftist activism, and youth organizations in the pre-revolutionary republic. Current analyses include the relation between the Cuban state and intellectuals; institutional legitimation processes; the formation and reconstruction of national identity discourses; and new framings of gender, race, and sexual orientation. 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.