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Jos Mart

Author: E. Bejel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113712265X
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This book is a critical study of visual representations of José Martí The National Hero of Cuba , and the discourses of power that make it possible for Martí's images to be perceived as icons today. It argues that an observer of Martí's icons who is immersed in the Cuban national narrative experiences a retrospective reconstruction of those images by means of ideologically formed national discourses of power. Also, the obsessive reproduction of Martí's icons signals a melancholia for the loss of the martyr-hero. But instead of attempting to "forget Martí," the book concludes that the utopian impulse of his memory should serve to resist melancholia and to visualize new forms of creative re-significations of Martí and, by extension, the nation.

Aesthetics And The Revolutionary City

Author: James Clifford Kent
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319640305
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This book explores alternative ways of understanding Havana both as an imagined political construct and as a cultural product. It provides a vision of how and why we see the city as we do and evaluates the ways in which images of Havana have been (mis)constructed in the global imaginary. Bringing out interactions and tensions between real and imaginary spaces, it examines the political implications of unique spatial and metaphorical representations of the city and explores the crucial role that image-makers and cultural producers have played in the global perception of Havana through photography, material culture and documentary film.

National Identity In 21st Century Cuban Cinema

Author: Dunja Fehimović
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319931032
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National Identity in 21st-Century Cuban Cinema tours early 21st-century Cuban cinema through four key figures—the monster, the child, the historic icon, and the recluse—in order to offer a new perspective on the relationship between the Revolution, culture, and national identity in contemporary Cuba. Exploring films chosen to convey a recent diversification of subject matters, genres, and approaches, it depicts a changing industrial landscape in which the national film institute (ICAIC) coexists with international co-producers and small, ‘independent’ production companies. By tracing the reappearance, reconfiguration, and recycling of national identity in recent fiction feature films, the book demonstrates that the spectre of the national haunts Cuban cinema in ways that reflect intensified transnational flows of people, capital, and culture. Moreover, it shows that the creative manifestations of this spectre screen—both hiding and revealing—a persistent anxiety around Cubanness even as national identity is transformed by connections to the outside world.

Inseln Und Archipele

Author: Anna E. Wilkens
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839412420
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In vielen Kulturen gelten Inseln als Orte der Isolation. Dennoch werden sie, insbesondere in der Relationalität des Archipels, auch mit Bewegung und Entgrenzung verbunden. Als erste Aufsatzsammlung im deutschsprachigen Raum nimmt dieser Band Inseln und Archipele als Orte sowie als Gegenstände der Betrachtung und des Wissens unter die Lupe und beleuchtet ihr Auftreten an Fallbeispielen der modernen Diskurs-, Kunst- und Wissensgeschichte. Die Beiträge spannen den Bogen von wirklichen und imaginären Inseln über Inseln als literarische Strukturmerkmale hin zu den Möglichkeiten, das epistemologische Potenzial insularer Konfigurationen für die kulturwissenschaftliche Analyse sozialer, politischer, literarischer und nicht zuletzt ökologischer Kulturen zu bergen.

Cuban Landscapes

Author: Joseph L. Scarpaci
Publisher: The Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781606233238
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This accessible book offers a vivid geographic portrait of Cuba, exploring the island’s streetscapes, sugar cane fields, beaches, and rural settlements; its billboards, government buildings, and national landmarks. The authors illuminate how natural and built landscapes have shaped Cuban identity (cubanidad), and vice versa. They provide a unique perspective on Cuba’s distinct historical periods and political economies, from the colonial period through republicanism and today’s socialist era. Compelling topics include the legacies of slavery and the sugar industry, the past and future of urban development, and the impact of “islandness” on sociocultural processes.