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.
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
none needed, open to everyone
Class assignments and grading
quizzes; short writing assignment; oral presentation
See course syllabus and class Blackboard site