Publication Date

2016-07-21

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2018-07-21

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2016-05-25

First Committee Member

George Yudice

Second Committee Member

Lillian Manzor

Third Committee Member

Gema Pérez-Sánchez

Fourth Committee Member

Steven Butterman

Abstract

This dissertation explores the way masculinity was created and rearticulated during Revolutionary and Post-revolutionary Cuba. I argue that The New Man and his masculinity is created by official documents such as speeches, magazines, comics, etc. produced by the government. Through the analysis of Reinaldo Arenas’s Arturo, la estrella más brillante, Senel Paz’s El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo, and Abel González Melo’s Chamaco, informe en diez capítulos para representar I demonstrate how these texts engage with official discourse in order to create new expressions/possibilities of masculinity. Highlighting key elements of the three narratives, including productivity, specters of the countryside, silence, quiet and invisibility, I trace a literary and critical history of the Revolution through gender and sexuality.

Keywords

New Man; masculinity; Cuba; productivity; specter; invisibility

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