"If I get lost, look for me in Cuba." - Federico Garcia Lorca
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, numerous writers and artists, from Langston Hughes and Garcia Lorca to George Gershwin and Graham Greene, were fascinated with the cultural milieu of Havana, Cuba. In this seminar we will survey briefly the cultural landscape of pre-revolutionary Havana —between the early 1930s and the late 1950s— and examine its diverse representations in literature and the arts. Of particular interest will be the influence and poetic uses of Afro-Cuban rhythms (son cubano) in key writers. In addition to Hughes and Lorca, we will read selections from Cuban writers Nicolas Guillen and Alejo Carpentier. This seminar will be in English, but the instructor can accommodate students who want to do some readings in Spanish.
Related website: http://townsendlab.berkeley.edu/imagining-havana