Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page

The culmination of the nineteenth century marks the beginning of a significant chapter in the history of Cuba. In 1898 the Spanish American War ended, and Spain lost the colony of Cuba to the United States. The island’s transition to the Republic (1902-1958) and later to the Revolution of 1959 caused cultural, social, and political changes that shaped and affected the formation of a national identity. This course gives students an overview of Cuban culture from the Republic to the 1990s. We will explore the cultural contrast between pre and post-Revolutionary Cuba by engaging with relevant materials. Furthermore, we will discuss post-colonialism and expressions of national identity, the importance of censorship, political exile, and diaspora.