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Cynthia Duncan
TCXIN 463
Tacoma Campus

Contemporary Cuban Culture

Examines contemporary Cuban literature in English translation, film, music, dance, and the visual arts in Cuba as a representation of cultural identity. Focuses on class, race, and gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Includes work by Cubans on the island and in exile. No knowledge of Spanish required.

Class description

This class examines the culture of contemporary Cuba using an interdisciplinary approach. It includes an introduction to Cuban history prior to the 20th century, but the focus of the course is on the 20th and 21st centuries. We look at works of literature, music, art and film as examples of cultural production. In addition, we consider how economic, political and social factors influence the development of culture on the island and how emigration/ exile has shaped Cuban identity in a broader context.

Student learning goals

Understand more about the complexities of Cuban culture and national identity

Develop an appreciation for the arts (film, literature, music)

Improve critical thinking and analytical skills

Improve written and spoken communication skills

General method of instruction

lecture, discussion, film viewing and analysis

Recommended preparation

none needed, open to everyone

Class assignments and grading

quizzes; short writing assignment; oral presentation

See course syllabus and class Blackboard site


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Cynthia Duncan
Date: 01/03/2010