Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba: Reinaldo Arenas and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea [Hardback]

María Encarnación López(Author)

ISBN: 9781855662889 | Published by: Tamesis Books | Series: Monografías A | Volume: Volume 348 | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 228p, H9.25 x W6.25,
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Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba


This work offers an alternative insight into the longstanding and conflicting relationship between politics and the (gay) intelligentsia in Cuba by looking closely at political texts, film, documentaries and literature from prior to Fidel Castro's regime until the present day. The book offers new readings of the work, letters and interviews of two influential voices, Reinaldo Arenas and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Arenas's material reveals a new account of the nature of 'the voice of the invisibles' and the key elements of the construction of a Cuban national rhetoric that looks at (governmental) power and (gay) resistance as being in perpetual tension, which often increases the feeling of moral panic and even social exclusion and displacement among citizens. The book also offers a new interpretation of Gutiérrez Alea's renowned film Fresa y Chocolate (1994), resulting from the use of unpublished and revealing testimonies of the Cuban dance critic and writer Roger Salas and the secret messages inferred in his short story 'Helados de pasión: El cordero, la lluvia y el hombre desnudo' (1998). Dr MARIA E. LÓPEZ is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Sociology at London Metropolitan University and an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London.

Table of Contents

IntroductionBeyond the Margins of Visibility: Contextualising Homophobia in CubaReinaldo Arenas and His Struggle against InvisibilityTomás Gutiérrez Alea: A Failed Attempt to Portray the Reconciliation with the MarginalConclusion and Looking Forward: Pedro Juan Gutiérrez and Leonardo Padura FuentesWorks Cited

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