Writing the Cuban Revolution - LS554

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5)


Prerequisite: LS5040 - Spanish Intermediate B1-B2 (Intensive), or LS5050 – Spanish Upper Intermediate B2; or equivalent level of ability to Level B2 of the CEFR.





The module investigates a variety of films and texts produced by Cubans both in Cuba and in exile from the time of the Revolution to the present day. In analysing these texts, an impression will emerge of how different writers and artists respond to the powerful presence of the revolutionary regime and to the pressures inherent within that system. Textual analysis will run parallel to an investigation of the history and politics of the revolutionary period, highlighting key moments and issues that become decisive elements within the texts.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

100% coursework:

Essay 1 (2,500 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (2,500 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Arenas, Reinaldo (1992) Antes que anochezca (Barcelona: Tusquets)
Barnet, Miguel (2010) Biografía de un cimarrón, ed. William Rowlandson (Manchester University Press)
Garcia, Cristina (1992) Dreaming in Cuban (New York: Ballantine Books)
Fresa y chocolate (1994) Film directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will:

1 Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of a variety of textual media – essay, diary, novel, film – from a variety of Cuban artists;
2 Investigate how these works are situated in, and relate to, the historical, cultural, social and political events of the Cuban revolutionary era;
3 Accurately deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry in order to criticise and assess logical arguments in relation to the historical, cultural, social and political events of the Cuban revolutionary era;
4 Demonstrate an ability to read texts in Spanish and understand Spanish-language cinema so as to be able to critically evaluate arguments, concepts and data resulting in the ability to make judgements and frame appropriate questions.

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