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Cultural policy, literature and readership in revolutionary Cuba: the view from the 21st century

Kumaraswami, P. (2007) Cultural policy, literature and readership in revolutionary Cuba: the view from the 21st century. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 26 (1). pp. 69-87. ISSN 0261-3050

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1470-9856.2007.00215.x

Abstract/Summary

This article presents a fresh perspective on cultural policy in revolutionary Cuba, focusing specifically on the centrality of dialogue with the general readership to the production, reception and regulation of literature. It first summarises the positions regarding revolutionary literature that have been asserted and essayed at various points along the sometimes chaotic trajectory of revolution in Cuba. It then examines reading-related policies and recent attempts within Cuba to re-orient reading practices in the aftermath of the Período Especial [Special Period], and ends by presenting current Cuban debates on the need to mitigate dialogic breakdown between literary text and readership.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:38278
Uncontrolled Keywords:reading; cultural policy; revolutionary Cuba; literature; special period; dialogue
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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