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Volume One                                                                   Winter 1998-Spring 1999                                                               Numbers 3-4.

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     LITERARY CRITIQUE: BLINDNESS AND POSSIBILITY

 

     Victor Fowler Calsada

     Juan Marinello Center for Cuban Cultural Studies

     Avenida Boyeros #63

     Plaza de La Revolución

     Ciudad de La Habana, 10600, Cuba

     Published online: December 15, 2016

 

 

      ABSTRACT

 

The case is made succinctly that Cuban literature, since the middle of the 1990s, has been emerging from a period of severe damage to Cuban social thought.  One result of the damage arising from the ideological or cultural Cold War is a "blindness" exhibited by those who normally have first access to and evaluate contemporary Cuban literature.  Established writers of literary criticism have responded to the new plurality of literary produc­tion— for example, women/feminist, gay and lesbian, marginal­ized youth, and anti-hero writings—either with a knee-jerk reaction, seeing these diverse works as evidence of hostile, "outside" influences or with "blindness" to their existence, simply ignoring the newer trends.  Some examples are suggested for further reading.