LAS 366 • RE-IMAGINING CUBA, 1868-PRES
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course explores Cuban/U.S. relations from the late nineteenth century to the present. Our exploration of Cuban/U.S. relations prompts students to grapple with issues of empire and transnationalism, both as actual historical processes and as analytical tools that can be used to examine historic and contemporary phenomena. Drawing upon monographs, travel writings, primary documents and audio/visual materials, students will examine the complex interactions between the island's population and their North American neighbors across all facets of society. A particular emphasis will be placed on the social and cultural engagements between Cuba and the United States before the revolutionary upheavals of the 1950s in an effort to grasp the profound impact of the Cold War on the conceptualization of Cuban history and society in the post-1959 period. While this is a course primarily rooted in Cuban history, it does not attempt to provide a "national" survey of the island's past. Instead, it invites students to explore the possibility of examining the ways that Cubans and North Americans have shaped, and have been shaped by processes of empire building and transnationalism. Students will also examine the impact of transnational processes on the articulation of race and nation, two recurring points of contention in the history of Cuba and the U.S..
Readings: Joespeh Dimock, Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century: The Travel Diary of Joseph J. Dimock, ed. Louis A. Pérez Louis A. Pérez, On Becoming Cuban Achy Obejas, Memory Mambo C. Peter Ripley, Conversations With Cuba Coursepack readings