Call for manuscripts to be included in an edited volume, which will serve as a cultural reader for contemporary Cuba, in particular the Cuba of the Special Period.
The editors seek essays from various cultural media and perspectives, especially those that reflect circumstances or situations that are uniquely Cuban. Some ideas that could be addressed might include any of the following, both as genre and as social phenomenon or political tool:
-language shifts, slang, new vocabulary incorporated in the Special Period (such as pingueros or jineteras)
-economy/society (such as how Cubans have dealt with having multiple currencies simultaneously, or how basic foods can be top items on the black market)
-representations of Cuba outside of the island (such as films made by Spanish or US directors, political cartoons in newspapers, etc.)
While the primary focus of this volume is culture and cultural production in contemporary Cuba, we will also consider work that deals with related topics, as long as those topics can be shown to affect this issue directly, as in essays revealing economic policies (whether internal or external) and their consequences on life and culture. In the same way, we will consider interviews or testimonial pieces, provided that the author explicitly attend to the links between the content of these pieces and the overall focus of the volume.
Synopses (1-2 pages) of proposed manuscripts should be submitted to each of the editors via email, along with a copy of the author’s CV, by March 1, 2009. Submissions in English are preferred, but the editors are able to work with authors to set up translation from Spanish.
Western Carolina University
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