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This study started by posing a question about the apparent contradiction between the fact that literature in Cuba since 1959 seems to have been both relatively privileged and problematic. This chapter argues that this question is an over-simplification of a highly complex reality, but also that the apparent contradiction arises in great part from the implications of the special value which literature has always held within the equally complex phenomenon of revolutionary change since 1959. In the Cuban case, the situation of an almost universally literate population that was created by the Literacy Campaign and subsequent educational programmes would thus have heightened the desire to control the production of literature. The chapter ends by reiterating the centrality of literary culture to the Cuban Revolution.

Literary culture in Cuba

Revolution, nation-building and the book


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