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  • 1. Utopia Revisited—Lisandro Otero, Nancy Westrate

    2. New Playwrights, New Challenges: Current Cuban Theater—Rosa Ileana Boudet, Nancy Westrate

    3. Theater as Conspiracy: An Interview with Alberto Pedro—Vivian Martinez Tabares, Nancy Westrate

    4. Strawberry and Chocolate: Coming Out of the Cuban Closet?— Emilio Bejel

    5. Writing is a Sort of Shipwreck: An Interview with Senel Paz—Magda Resik, Sophia McClenne Exposito

    6. Cuba Defended: Countering Another Black Legend—Roberto Fernand Retamar, Nancy Westrate

    7. To Write in Cuba, Today—Arturo Arango, Nancy Westrate

    8. `Happiness is a warm gun,' Cary says—Reinaldo Montero, Sohia McClennen Exposito

    9. Rock in Cuba: History of a Wayward Son—Humberto Mandu Lopez, Manuel Michalowski.

    10. The Paradoxes of Cubanology—Rafael Hernandez, Sohia McClennen

    11. Cuban youth and postmodernism—Sophia McClenne Exposito, Margarita Mateo Palmer.

    12. Art, Bubbles, and Utopia—Graziella Pogolotti, Nancy Westrate

    13. Current Tendencies in the Cuban Short Story—Francisco Lopez Sacha, Nancy Westrate

    14. Rumba Palace—Miguel Mejides, Manuel Michalowski.

    15. Marti and the Challenge of the 1990s—Cintio Vitier, Sophia McClenne Exposito

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    The enigma of Cuba’s resistance to the collapse of socialism around the world is equaled by the fact—surprising to some outsiders—that the Cuban cultural movement remains healthy, even with the problems brought about by the breakup of the Soviet Union. Represented in this issue of South Atlantic Quarterly by artwork, essays, short stories, and interviews, Cuban art and literature continues to produce dramatic testimony to a struggle for survival and a shared belief in the Cuban revolutionary project’s right to exist and develop on its own terms.
    Fostered by both caution and audacity, in a climate of both trust and tension, and in the face of sustained North American hostility through nearly four decades, Cuban artists and writers have succeeded in building bridges between domestic and foreign cultural institutions, partly offsetting the profound material deprivations under which they have labored. The work collected in this volume introduces a group of writers, artists, and filmmakers who provide a window on Cuban life, illuminating this enigmatic island and bridging the troubled waters it shares with its continental neighbor to the north.

    Contributors. Arturo Arango, Emilio Bejel, Rosa Ileana Boudet, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Ambrosio Fornet, Rafael Hernández, Francisco López Sacha, Humberto Manduley López, Vivian Martínez Tabares, Margarita Mateo Palmer, Miguel Mejides, Reinaldo Montero, Lisandro Otero, Graziella Pogolotti, Magda Resik, Cintio Vitier

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