Cuba, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0684316846
  • ISBN-13: 9780684316840
  • DDC: 972.91
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1148 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Cuba contains interpretative essays on major topics in Cuban history, culture, and society. It also includes short, focused essays on artistic, literary, and nonfiction works, on major events, and on places of cultural significance. Adding to the product's appeal are approximately 300 full-color images.

This title breaks the mold of a reference encyclopedia. Rather than overwhelm the reader with thousands of entries and biographies, CUBA offers a close look at major themes that are emblematic to the country's unique history. Articles are authored by scholars from Cuba as well as the United States and other countries; collectively, they provide a comprehensive dialogue on Cuba's place in the world.

Features and Benefits

  • The set includes a beautiful full-color design.
  • Writers are top scholars from around the world, with approximately half of the contributors still living in Cuba, providing a wide range of perspectives on this polarized country.
  • The entries cover diverse topics not found in any other reference book on Cuba, such as the development of the television and radio industries, perspectives on sexuality in Cuba, and the status of the performing arts. This information is available only in
  • There are approximately 300 images.
  • Extensive cross-references show readers connections between topics.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0684316811  | ISBN-13: 9780684316819

  • Spanish Edition

    ISBN-10:  0684325144 | ISBN-13:  9780684325149


"Alan West-Duran has produced a magnificent reference book, of value to anyone working seriously on Cuba, as well as to the general reader; and it is one that, thanks to its elegant and thoughtful essays, is eminently readable throughout."

— Antoni Kapcia

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.
Afro-Cuban Spirituality in the Art of Manuel Mendive.
La Anunciación (Antonia Eiriz).
Aponte Rebellion: 1811–1812.
The Art of René Portocarrero.
Autobiography of a Slave (Juan Francisco Manzano).
Azúcar y Población en las Antillas (Ramiro Guerra).
Bay of Pigs Invasion: 1961.
Car Culture.
Cecilia Valdés (Cirilo Villaverde).
Che Guevara and the New Man.
Che Guevara, Social and Political Thought.
Classical Composers: Alejandro García Caturla.
Classical Composers: Amadeo Roldán.
Classical Composers: Leo Brouwer.
Classical Composers: Tania León.
Cocina Cubana: Nitza Villapol.
The Color of Summer (Reinaldo Arenas).
Constantino Arias: Havana's Pre-Revolution Photographer.
Constitution of 1940.
Cuban Adjustment Act.
Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar (Fernando Ortiz).
Cuban Embargo.
Cuban Missile Crisis: October 1962.
The Cuban Revolution of 1959.
Cuban Singers in the United States.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: The Various Ways of (Not) Being Cuban.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Costumbres in the Art and Literature of the 19th Century.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Costumbres in the Republican Period.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Costumbres in the Revolutionary Period.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Internet Blogging.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: The Internet Experience in Cuba.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Populism, Nationalism, and Cubanía.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Quinceañeras.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Radical Catholicism and Social Justice.
Cuban Thought and Cultural Identity: Socialist Thought.
Cuentos Negros de Cuba (Lydia Cabrera).
De Donde Son los Cantantes (Severo Sarduy).
Día de Reyes en la Habana (Víctor Patricio de Landaluze).
Diálogo Agreement.
Diasporas: Introduction.
Diasporas: 19th Century.
Diasporas: 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
Diasporas: Afro-Cubans in the Diaspora.
Diasporas: Waves of Immigration since 1959.
Diasporas: Cubans Abroad, Post-1959.
Diasporas: The Politics of Exile in the Early 1960s.
Diasporas: Immigrant Exile Politics.
Diasporas: Political Action Committees and Lobby Groups.
Diasporas: Exiles in the Cuban Popular Imagination.
Dirty Havana Trilogy (Pedro Juan Gutiérrez).
Dreaming in Cuban (Cristina García).
Dreaming of an Island (María Magdalena Campos-Pons).
Ecology and Environment.
Ecology and Environment: Colonial Period.
Ecology and Environment: Republican Period.
Ecology and Environment: Revolutionary Period.
Economy: Colonial Period.
Economy: Republican Period.
Economy: Revolutionary Period.
Economy: Special Period.
Education: Colonial Period.
Education: Republican Period.
Education: Revolutionary Period: Stages of Educational Reform.
Education: Revolutionary Period: Philosophy.
Education: Literacy Campaign of 1961.
Education: Schools in the Countryside.
Education: Cuban Schools in Miami.
Elpidio Valdés: A Revolutionary Cartoon Hero.
Enrique Jorrín and the Cha-cha-cha.
Esculturas Rupestres and Other Works by Ana Mendieta.
Esteban Salas: An Eighteenth-Century Composer.
Faith: Catholicism.
Faith: Afro-Cuban Religions and Revolution.
Faith: Abakuá Society.
Faith: Arará.
Faith: Regla de Ocha and Ifá.
Faith: Reglas de Palo Congo.
Faith: Spiritism.
Faith: Vodou.
Faith: Protestantism in Cuba.
Faith: Rastafari.
Faith: Judaism.
Fefu and Her Friends (María Irene Fornés).
Film: Early History to 1930.
Film: 1931–1959.
Film: 1959–1989.
Film: 1989–2010.
Film: Cuban Cinema of the Diaspora.
The Films of Jorge Molina and Eduardo del Llano.
Food: Colonial Period.
Food: Republican Period.
Food: Revolutionary Period.
Food: Ritual Foods and Afro-Cuban Religious Traditions.
Food: Food Shortages and Gender.
Gallo Amarillo (Mariano Rodríguez).
Gender: Colonial Period to 1920.
Gender: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Cuba.
Gender: The Role of Women in the Struggle Against Batista.
Gender: Social Justice in the Revolutionary Period.
Gender: Feminism and Masculinity in the Revolutionary Period.
Gender: Trends in Women's Writing after the Revolution.
Gender: Women Behind the Camera.
Gender: Gender Roles in Union City: A Case Study.
La Gitana Tropical and the Artistic Influence of Víctor Manuel.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan: Latin Music's Power Couple.
Gómez, Guillén, Giral: Three Underappreciated Filmmakers.
Governance and Contestation.
Governance and Contestation: Colonial Period.
Governance and Contestation: The Republic: 1902–1952.
Governance and Contestation: Insurrection: 1952–1959.
Governance and Contestation: The Cuban Revolution.
"La Guantanamera."
Guerrillero Heroico (Alberto Korda).
Havana: Architectural Development and City Planning.
Havana: Atlantic Center of Shipping, Commerce, and Building.
Havana: El Morro and La Cabaña.
Havana: Havana as Cultural Center.
Havana: History of Urbanization, Housing, and Public Services.
Havana: Urban and Social History in the Twentieth Century.
Health and Health Care.
Health and Health Care: Introduction.
Health and Health Care: Pre-1959.
Health and Health Care: Revolutionary Period.
Health and Health Care: HIV/AIDS.
Health and Health Care: Medical Diplomacy and International Medical Education.
History Will Absolve Me (Fidel Castro).
"Indagación del Choteo" (Jorge Mañach).
Isla de Pinos.
La Isla en Peso (Virgilio Piñera).
José Martí: Exile in New York.
José Martí: Political Essays.
José Martí: Writings for and about Children.
La Jungla and the Artistic Development of Wifredo Lam.
Kid Chocolate.
The Kingdom of this World (Alejo Carpentier).
Language: Abakuá in Cuba and its Influence on Spanish Usage.
Language: Lucumí.
Language: Spanish.
Life on the Hyphen (Gustavo Pérez-Firmat).
Literature: Nationalist and Reformist Literature, pre-1850.
Literature: Fiction in the Republican Period.
Literature: Fiction in the Revolutionary Period.
Literature: Fiction in the Special Period.
Literature: Children's Literature in Cuba since 1959.
Literature: Nonfiction in the Colonial Period.
Literature: Nonfiction in the Republican Period.
Literature: Nonfiction in the Revolutionary Period.
Literature: Nonfiction in the Special Period.
Literature: Poetry in the Colonial Period.
Literature: Poetry in the Republican Period.
Literature: Poetry in the Revolutionary Period.
Literature: Poetry in the Special Period.
Literature: Publishing in Cuba during the Republican Period.
Literature: Testimonial Literature.
Lucía (Humberto Solás).
Machado Dictatorship Falls: August 1933.
The "Mambo King": Dámaso Pérez Prado.
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Oscar Hijuelos).
Mario Carreño: His Art and World.
Mauricio's Diary (Manolo Pérez).
Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea).
Milk of Amnesia (Carmelita Tropicana/Alina Troyano).
Misa Cubana (Cuban Mass, José María Vitier).
El Monte (Lydia Cabrera).
Mr. Rhythm: Benny Moré.
Music: Early History.
Music: 19th Century.
Music: 1900–1945.
Music: 1945–1958.
Music: Music since 1959.
Music: Nueva Trova (New Song): Music of the Cuban Revolution.
Music: Afro-Cuban Religious Influence on Cuban Popular Music.
Music: Ritual Music.
Music: Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Music: Cuban Rock.
Music: Hip Hop.
The Music of Ernesto Lecuona.
New York City.
Operation Pedro Pan.
The Orígenes Group and Journal.
Palo Monte and Ancestral Spirits: The Art of José Bedia.
Paradiso (José Lezama Lima).
Performing Arts.
Performing Arts: Cuban Forms of Popular Dance.
Performing Arts: Dance: Ballet.
Performing Arts: Dance: Folkloric Dance.
Performing Arts: Dance: Modern Dance.
Performing Arts: Opera.
Performing Arts: Theater: Colonial Period.
Performing Arts: Theater: Republican Period.
Performing Arts: Theater: Revolutionary Period.
Performing Arts: Bufo Theater.
Performing Arts: Performance Art.
Peruvian Embassy Crisis and the Mariel Boatlift: 1980.
Platt Amendment.
Playwrights of the Revolution: Abelardo Estorino and Eugenio Hernandez Espinosa.
The Poetry of José Kozer.
The Poetry of Nicolás Guillén.
Political Perspectives on Prisoners in Cuba.
The Politics and Death of Eduardo Chibás.
Popular Festivities and Celebrations in Cuba.
Popular Songs of the 1920s.
"Queen of Salsa": Celia Cruz.
Race: Introduction.
Race: Slavery in Cuba.
Race: Free People of Color in Cuba.
Race: Racial Issues during the Transition to Independence.
Race: Afro-Cubanía in the Republic, 1907–1959.
Race: Race Relations after the Revolution.
Race: The Chinese in Cuba.
Racial Uprising and Massacre: 1912.
Radio: Beginnings and Development.
Radio: Commercial and Cultural Programming in Cuba.
Radio: Cuban Radio in South Florida.
Radio: Soap Operas.
Rafter Crisis: 1994.
El Rapto de las Mulatas and the Artistic Development of Carlos Enríquez.
The Ration System in Cuba.
Raúl Corrales: Photographer of the Revolution.
Relocation of the Audiencia to Cuba, 1799–1801.
"Rita de Cuba": Rita Montaner.
Sab (Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda).
Santa Clara's Leoncio Vidal Park.
Santiago de Cuba.
Science and Technology in Cuba.
La Sentencia (Belkis Ayón).
Sexuality: Colonial Period.
Sexuality: Republican Period.
Sexuality: Revolutionary Period.
Sexuality: Jinetera in the Special Period.
Sexuality: Diaspora and Sexuality.
Sexuality: Gay and Lesbian Representation in Cuban Art, Film, and Literature.
Sexuality: The Mulata Figure in the Cuban Imaginary.
Sexuality: The UMAP Camps.
Son Innovations: Arsenio Rodríguez.
Spain's "Discovery" of Cuba: 1492.
Spanish-American-Cuban War: 1898.
Sports: Colonial Period.
Sports: Republican Period.
Sports: Revolutionary Period.
Sports: Baseball Before 1959.
Sports: Baseball After 1959.
Sports: Boxing Before 1959.
Sports: Boxing After 1959.
Sports: Soccer in the Cuban Republic.
The Still-Lifes of Amelia Peláez.
Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío).
Sugar: Colonial Period.
Sugar: Republican Period.
Sugar: Revolutionary Period.
Sugar: Representation in Cuban Culture.
The Sugarmill (Manuel Moreno Fraginals).
Suite Habana (Fernando Pérez).
El Super (León Ichaso).
Television: Beginnings and Development.
Television: Television since 1959.
Television: Russian Cartoons.
Television: Soap Operas.
Ten Years' War: 1868–1878.
Three Trapped Tigers (Guillermo Cabrera Infante).
Tobacco: In Art and Culture.
Tobacco: Art of Tobacco Labels.
Tobacco: Cultivation: Botany.
Tobacco: Cultivation: Chemistry.
El Triunfo de la Rumba (Eduardo Abela).
Últimos Días de una Casa (Dulce María Loynaz).
Valle de Viñales.
Versos Sencillos (José Martí).
La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.
Visual Arts.
Visual Arts: Republican Period.
Visual Arts: Revolutionary Period.
Visual Arts: Special Period.
Visual Arts: Photography.
Visual Arts: Poster Art.
The Works of Tania Bruguera.
The World and Cuba.
The World and Cuba: Cuba and Spain in the Colonial Period.
The World and Cuba: Cuba and Spain in the Post-Colonial Period.
The World and Cuba: Cuba and the United States.
The World and Cuba: U.S. Culture in Cuba.
The World and Cuba: Cuba and Africa.
The World and Cuba: Cuba and Socialist Countries.
The World and Cuba: Cuban Revolution and Latin America.
The World and Cuba: Cuban Revolution and the New Left.
The World and Cuba: Ideological Struggle in the United Nations.
Thematic Outline.