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Cultural policy and cultural politics in Revolutionary Cuba: re-reading the 'Palabras a los intelectuales' (Words to the Intellectuals)

Kumaraswami, P. (2009) Cultural policy and cultural politics in Revolutionary Cuba: re-reading the 'Palabras a los intelectuales' (Words to the Intellectuals). Bulletin of Latin American Research, 28 (4). pp. 527-541. ISSN 1470-9856

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1470-9856.2009.00315.x

Abstract/Summary

This article re-reads Fidel Castro's speech to Cuban artists and intellectuals at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí (National Library) in June 1961. Despite extensive discussion of its famous extract, the speech has rarely been examined in depth. This article thus analyses the entire speech, situating it within its co-text and its context and examining its multiple functions, offering as it does an insight into the social and educational implications of cultural revolution in Cuba and the inevitable tensions inherent in these. The article evaluates the negotiations in the text in the light of their relevance to contemporary cultural debates in Cuba.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:38277
Uncontrolled Keywords:Castro; Cuba; cultural democratisation; intellectuals; revolution
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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