Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936
"Dreaming in Russian: Recalling the Soviet Period in Contemporary Cuban Narrative and Film"
Mon, November 6, 2006 • 4:00 PM • Benedict 2.104
The collective filter of the world that the Soviet Union provided Cuba has disappeared, does not mean it has departed from the imaginations of Cubans. In its very disintegration, the Soviet Union has begun to expand and morph in contemporary Cuban culture. In the absence of the material presence of the USSR. Cubans are referencing its traces. Those Cubans who studied in the Soviet bloc possess an immediate, up-close inheritance that includes the Russian language. The cultural workers/politicians are still recasting the Soviet legacy, isolating those elements that are most oppressive and bureaucratic while vindicting others.