By Esther Whitfield
With the cave in of the Soviet Union within the Nineties, in the course of an monetary drawback termed its “special interval in occasions of peace,” Cuba started to court docket the capitalist international for the 1st time considering that its 1959 revolution. With the U.S. greenback instated as family forex, the island appeared all of sudden available to overseas shoppers, and their curiosity in its tradition boomed.
Cuban Currency is the 1st booklet to handle the results on Cuban literature of the country’s astounding establishing to overseas markets that marked the top of the 20 th century. in accordance with interviews and archival study in Havana, Esther Whitfield argues that writers have either challenged and profited from new transnational markets for his or her paintings, with far-reaching literary and ideological implications. Whitfield examines funds and cross-cultural financial family as they're inscribed in Cuban fiction. Exploring the paintings of Zoé Valdés, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Antonio José Ponte and others, she draws out writers’ engagements with the problematic commodification of Cuban identity.
Confronting the vacationer and publishing industries’ roles within the transformation of the Cuban revolution into advertisement capital, Whitfield identifies a physique of fiction specially attuned to the fabric and political demanding situations of the “special period.”
Esther Whitfield is assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown University.
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