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

Par Kumaraswami

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    Abstract

    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. © 2007 The Author Journal compilation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-87
    Number of pages19
    JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
    Volume26
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

    Keywords

    • Cultural policy
    • Dialogue
    • Literature
    • Reading
    • Revolutionary Cuba
    • Special period

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