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ENTRE LA HABANA Y LA SABANA: límites de la topografía cultural dentro de la Revolución Cubana como un evento regido por la modernidad

Dieter, Gisela P. (2008) ENTRE LA HABANA Y LA SABANA: límites de la topografía cultural dentro de la Revolución Cubana como un evento regido por la modernidad. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study is an exploration of the Cuban Revolution and Cuban poetry to illustrate the debate that revolutionary movements that evolve, develop and remain under the ideological umbrella of modernity do not achieve the open-inclusive and pluralistic society that they seek to establish. This is due to modernity's own desire for development and progress, which reduces the revolutionary movement's efforts to limiting and exclusionary spacial/temporal parameters. This impossibility for a truly pluralistic society emerges also from modernity's inherent short reach and manipulation of memory. Through managing long and short memory, modernity seeks national unity under the premise that anything prior to the revolutionary movement was bad and that the only hope is in a future that only the revolution can provide. An in depth analysis of Cuban poetry written during the first two decades after the 1959 Revolution shows the impossibility of achieving a fully pluralist society that doesn't negate the co-existence of other cosmologies and cultural identities within that same society, and that doesn't disallow their membership into the national project. The unfolding of the characteristics of two opposing poetry styles that emerged during the 1960s and 1970s will serve as the basis for this illustration and analysis. The two styles in question are Colloquialism, a free verse style promoted by the state as the preferred way to write poetry; and Tojosismo, a more metric rhyme verse that followed traditional styles, developed outside the limits of the center of power and excluded from it. The research determines how these two styles of poetry differed in form, and also in the extension of their memories, jumpstarting from the controversies behind the centrality of Colloquialism and the marginality of Tojosismo. The study is a contextualization of Cuba's poetry through this country's social and political history, placing emphasis on the cultural policies established by Fidel Castro post the 1959 Revolution and the impact of such policies on the free production of poetry in the new revolutionary society.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dieter, Gisela P.gig1@pitt.eduGIG1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBranche, Jerome
Committee MemberMonasterios, Elizabeth
Committee MemberMartin, Gerald
Committee MemberDel Pozo, Ivania
Date: 10 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 April 2008
Approval Date: 10 June 2008
Submission Date: 27 February 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cuba; Fidel Castro; identidad; mestizaje; Poesia Cubana; Poesia de la Tierra Cubana; proyecto de nacion; Revolucion Cubana; Roberto Manzano; Literatura Cubana; Tojosismo Cubano; ciudad letrada; Coloquialismo Cubano; modernidad
Other ID:, etd-02272008-175432
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:31
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:36


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