By Esther Whitfield
With the cave in of the Soviet Union within the Nineteen Nineties, in the course of an monetary trouble termed its “special interval in instances of peace,” Cuba started to courtroom the capitalist international for the 1st time given that its 1959 revolution. With the U.S. buck instated as household foreign money, the island appeared by surprise available to overseas shoppers, and their curiosity in its tradition boomed.
Cuban foreign money is the 1st ebook to handle the results on Cuban literature of the country’s outstanding starting to international markets that marked the tip of the 20th century. according to interviews and archival learn in Havana, Esther Whitfield argues that writers have either challenged and profited from new transnational markets for his or her paintings, with far-reaching literary and ideological implications. Whitfield examines cash and cross-cultural monetary family as they're inscribed in Cuban fiction. Exploring the paintings of Zoé Valdés, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Antonio José Ponte and others, she attracts out writers’ engagements with the difficult commodification of Cuban identity.
Confronting the vacationer and publishing industries’ roles within the transformation of the Cuban revolution into advertisement capital, Whitfield identifies a physique of fiction notably attuned to the fabric and political demanding situations of the “special period.”
Esther Whitfield is assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown University.
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