As the Cuban revolution reaches its sixtieth anniversary, contributors to this special issue explore the impact of the revolution through the lens of sexuality and gender, providing a social and cultural history that illuminates the Cuban-influenced global New Left. Moving beyond assumptions about the revolutionary left’s hyper-masculinity and homophobia, the issue takes a nuanced approach to the Cuban Revolution’s impact on gender and sexuality. Contributors study Cuban internationalist campaigns, the relationship between cultural diplomacy and mass media, and visual images of revolution and solidarity. They follow the emergence and negotiation of new gender ideals through the transgendering of Che’s “New Man,” the Cuban travels of Angela Davis, calls for sexual revolution in the Dutch Atlantic, and gender representations during the 1964 “Campaign of Terror” in Chile. In doing so, the authors provide fresh insight into Cuba’s transnational legacy on politics and culture during the Cold War and beyond.
Contributors. Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Marcelo Casals, Michelle Chase, Aviva Chomsky, Isabella Cosse, Ximena Espeche, Robert Franco, Diosnara Ortega González, Paula Halperin, Lani Hanna, Melina Pappademos, Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, Jennifer L. Lambe, Gregory Randall, Margaret Randall, Ailynn Torres Santana, Chelsea Schields, Sarah Seidman, Emily Snyder, Heidi Tinsman