Cuba: A Reading List

We've curated a selection of our books on the history and culture of Cuba, from early colonial years to the 1959 Revolution to daily life today, for those wanting to learn more about the island nation. Cuba's Digital Revolution: Citizen Innovation and State Policy Edited by Ted A. Henken and Sara Garcia Santamaria “An important … Continue reading Cuba: A Reading List

Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

“Brunson’s examination of the struggle of minorities against racism and sexism in a republican system claiming racelessness and equality for all is illuminating—and still relevant today, in Cuba and many other societies.”—Aline Helg, author of Slave No More: Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas “In this comprehensive and much-needed study, Brunson utilizes a wide array of previously … Continue reading Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

Cuba’s Digital Revolution

“An important contribution to the study of the Cuban media landscape. Cuba’s Digital Revolution examines changes brought about by recent expansion of Wi-Fi access points through attention to how independent journalism, media distribution, activism, entrepreneurship, and media culture are developing alongside local and global technological and political changes.”—Cristina Venegas, author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual, and … Continue reading Cuba’s Digital Revolution

Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

“As is fitting for its subject, this work is a blend of forms, inputs, voices, and visions.  Collectively they reveal the complexity of the study and practice of ‘Afro-Cuban’ religion. They constitute an authoritative, potentially discipline-altering, stance on the question of African origins embodied in the presumed distinction between the Lucumí and Arará traditions. The … Continue reading Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

Wage-Earning Slaves

“This book offers the first social history of ‘coartados,’ enslaved people who made partial payments towards their manumission price, in Cuba’s nineteenth-century slave society. It is a fascinating window into their everyday experiences and into the centuries-long efforts by Africans and their descendants to assert control over their lives, their bodies, and their labor.”—Alejandro de … Continue reading Wage-Earning Slaves

Tampa

“Gálvez’s fresh, vivid, personal, and direct prose is a delight to read. We travel in time with these spontaneous writings, and we can feel the pain and the endurance of Cuban émigrés and patriots in nineteenth-century Tampa longing for their Patria.”—Madeline Cámara Betancourt, author of Cuban Women Writers: Imagining a Matria   “Gálvez opens an important … Continue reading Tampa

Portraits of Cuba

Scenes from Havana to Santiago “This vibrant work explores everyday life in contemporary Cuba. . . . The accessibly written entries are packed with information. . . . Those interested in Cuban culture, as well as armchair travelers, will find plenty to appreciate.”—Publishers Weekly “Duncan's photos take over the pages, and alongside the colorful visuals … Continue reading Portraits of Cuba

A Look at Operation Pedro Pan 60 Years Later

By Deborah Shnookal, author of Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba's Children Despite the opening to Cuba initiated by President Obama in 2014, U.S.-Cuba relations still seem stuck in a time warp, and the airlift of 14,000 Cuban children to Miami that began almost sixty years ago remains a touchstone in this historically … Continue reading A Look at Operation Pedro Pan 60 Years Later

Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba’s Children

“The most complete, balanced, and best-researched book on Operation Pedro Pan. Engaging and beautifully written.”—Felix Masud-Piloto, author of From Welcomed Exiles to Illegal Immigrants: Cuban Migration to the U.S., 1959–1995 “A fascinating, complex story. Shnookal has researched extremely widely, in the United States and Cuba alike, talking to protagonists in both countries. The thorny issue of … Continue reading Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba’s Children

Staging Discomfort

“This volume not only creates a corpus of works staged by some of contemporary Cuba’s most innovative and challenging theater practitioners, but also shows how theatrical performance can create experiences and ephemeral communities that allow audience members to imagine ‘queer,’ alternative understandings of Cuban identity.”—Camilla Stevens, author of Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto … Continue reading Staging Discomfort