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1. Introduction–John Beverley
2. Trip to China–Carlos A. Aguilera
3. Three Poems–Miguel Barnet
4. Untitled (Havana 2000) (performance text and images)–Tania Bruguera
5. We Are All Losing Our Values: An Interview with Tomas Gutierrez Alea–Michael Chanan
6. Cuba: The Changing Scenario of Governability–Haroldo Dilla Alfonso
7. The Island, the Map, the Travelers: Notes on Recent Developments in Cuban Art–Antonio Eligio Fernandez and Kenya Dworkin
8. The Cuban Literary Diaspora and Its Contexts: A Glossary–Ambrosio Fornet
9. A Traveler’s Album: Variations on Cubanidad–Victor Fowler
10. To the Statue of Liberty (poem)–Fina Garcia Marruz
11. Looking at Cuba: Notes toward a Discussion–Rafael Hernandez
12. In the Furnace of the Nineties: Identity and Society in Cuba Today–Fernando Martinez Heredia
13. Signs After the Last Shipwreck–Margarita Mateo Palmer
14. Three Poems–Nancy Marejon
15. Alien-Own/Own-Alien: Globalization and Cultural Difference–Gerardo Mosquera
16. The Body and Its Politics in Cuba of the Nineties–Magaly Muguercia
17. In Medias Res Publicas: On Intellectuals and Social Criticism in the Cuban Public Sphere–Desiderio Navarro
18. Mambi (Rap)–Obsesion (Alexey Rodriguez Mola and Magia Lopez Cabrera)
19. Four Poems–Omar Perez
20. The Supervised Party–Antonio Jose Ponte
21. Chango’s Little White Horse–Raul Rivero
22. Two Prose Poems–Reina Maria Rodriguez
23. Grilled Shrimp Pasta (story)–Jose Prats Sariol
24. Resistance and Freedom–Cintio Vitier
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Most speculation about the future of Cuba rests on positions Cuban émigrés in the United States, Latin America, and Europe have advanced. In contrast, From Cuba represents a diverse collection by Cuban artists and intellectuals who have retained primary identification with or residence in Cuba. The island nation embodies a point of unresolved friction within the new world order. On the one hand, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the project of the Revolution faces what seems to be an insurmountable impasse; on the other hand, Cuba resists returning to the capitalist fold like a prodigal son.
Featuring essays, poetry, art, performance texts, song lyrics, and writing from members of the generation of the Revolution to younger writers and artists of the nineties, this collection explores themes such as the crisis of the project of the Revolution in an era of the decline of socialism, the Cuban literary diaspora, resistance and freedom, and Cuban identity in the nineties. From Cuba expands upon and challenges the traditional ways in which scholars think about Cuba’s political past and future prospects.
Contributors. Carlos Aguilera, Haroldo Dilla Alfonso, Miguel Barnet, Tania Bruguera, Michael Chanan, Antonio Fernandez, Ambrosio Fornet, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Fernando Martínez Heredia, Rafael Hernandez, Fina Garcia Marruz, Nancy Morejón, Geraredo Mosquera, Magaly Muguericia, Desiderio Navarro, Margarita Mateo Palmer, Omar Perez, Antonio José Ponte, Raúl Rivero, Reina Maria Rodriguez, José Prats Sariol, Cintio Vitier.