Catalogue 2018 - 2019

CUL 253 Cuban Cultures


3 cr.


Sophomore standing.

Course Description

In December of 2014, President Barack Obama announced the first step towards normalizing diplomatic relations with one of the United States of America’s closest geographical neighbors: Cuba. Despite the mere 90 miles separating that nation from the tip of Florida, the interactions between Cuba and the United States—and the rest of the world—have been fraught with conflict ever since Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492. This course will examine the complex history and present of Cuba, from the Spanish conquest and colonial rule, to the post-colonial era, to the Cuban Revolution, to the fall of the Soviet Union, and finally to the present day. Through close readings of primary historical texts, Cuban literature and film, and political and cultural criticism, we will attempt to understand how Cubans of all kinds have defined themselves over the years, how the aesthetics of cinema inform that process, and finally, how this relatively small nation has left such an indelible mark on global politics.


Satisfies Elements of Culture requirement "CA."