Tag Archives: Cuba

Éric Morales-Franceschini: ‘Cuba Libre: On the Revolutionary Epic as “Redemptive Impatience”’

The revolutionary epic is never a “finished” narrative, let alone uniquely nefarious. The unruly and dense “archives” that revolutions (or an epic past) embody are liable to tell different stories, stories that bequeath different “lessons” and, thereby, possibilities.’

Lorissa Rinehart: “A Graphic Novel Looks at the Limits of Freedom in Revolutionary Cuba”

“In Goodbye, My Havana, the Cuban revolution’s prescribed limits of freedom are most evident in the relegation of women and LGBTQ individuals to the periphery, where their rights quickly erode and their personhood is more easily dismissed. The benefit of hindsight shows Castro’s regime working inward from there. Once it had stripped the most vulnerable of their rights, it was easier to impose a system of authoritarianism on the remainder of the populace.”

Patrick Iber: “The Cuban Sphere”

Two new histories capture the role Cuba played in the revolutions and counterrevolutions of Latin America: CUBA’S REVOLUTIONARY WORLD by Jonathan C. Brown and CUBA AND REVOLUTIONARY LATIN AMERICA: AN ORAL HISTORY by Dirk Kruijt.

Michael Bustamante & Jennifer Lambe: “In Fidel’s Shadow: Cuban History (and Futures), One Year On”

“The conflation of leader and national epic (or tragedy) dates to the very moment when the Cuban rebels first erupted onto the island’s political stage. …  the Revolution’s chief was the main architect and beneficiary of a rendering of Cuba’s past as deferred deliverance. And plenty of Cubans, at least at the start, were eager to believe.  Cuba’s official history thus yoked a cyclical saga of political failure to a vision of final triumph in the present.”