Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

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Cuban Studies Bibliography

This bibliography has been compiled to serve as a beginning point for researchers working in the area of Cuban Studies. Materials in the collections of several Tulane University Libraries comprise the vast majority of the entries here, and locations given refer to the following collections: Howard-Tilton Library (general stacks); Tulane’s Latin American Library (in the Howard-Tilton Library); Tulane School of Architecture Library (in Richardson Memorial Hall); Tulane Law School Library and the Tulane Medical School Library. The bibliography was originally compiled in December of 1997.

The bibliography begins with a section covering reference works of various sorts that should provide the researcher with very basic, beginning information and which should lead to larger bodies of related literature. While a few of the reference works are very general in nature, most have a Latin American, Caribbean, or completely Cuban focus. Types of reference works listed include research guides, encyclopedias and handbooks, statistical publications and compendia, biographical directories, maps, directories of individuals and institutions, bibliographies, and periodical indexes. The periodical indexes listed are ones that should provide information on either all or at least a number of subject areas for the region, but more subject-specific indexes should certainly be consulted as well for any extensive literature searches.

Subject areas for other parts of the bibliography were selected based on the current and proposed course offerings of Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute.

Materials selected for inclusion here are mainly publications from the past 10 years and, with a few exceptions, focus on the post-revolutionary era. The entries consist primarily of monographs, although in a few subject areas where it was felt that more items were needed to provide the user a substantial reading list, listings for periodical articles and book chapters have been included as well. In selecting items for inclusion here, an attempt was made to list materials representing varying points of view. Entries are arranged by title, and bracketed notes and/or library subject headings are provided for some entries where the title is not clearly indicative of content or of its direct relevance to Cuban Studies. Brief abstracts included with article citations come from various indexing databases.

While parts of this bibliography may seem rather lengthy, it should be noted that there was no attempt made at being exhaustive in any subject area. Researchers undertaking extensive literature reviews are urged to use this list as a beginning point, and to use bibliographies and periodical indexes, (those included here as well as more specialized ones) to supplement this bibliography .

Compiled by Stephen Fowlkes
Revised June 2005

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is collaborating with The Broad Theater to present the 1st Annual Latin America Cinema Series. The series will showcase a wide variety of shorts and features from Haiti, Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and Colombia. Titles include such film festival standouts such as THE APOSTATE, Martin Sheen’s latest film THE VESSEL, and IXCANUL, the first Guatemalan film shot in the Kaqchikel Maya language. The series will take place over two days, October 1st and 2nd, at The Broad Theater, 636 North Broad, New Orleans.

This film series is presented in partnership with WWNO and the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. All proceeds from the Haitian series will go to Cine Institute.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

  • 12:30 pm – Haitian Shorts (100 mins.) A selection of Haitian narrative shorts will be screened as part of a partnership with the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti.
  • 2:45 pm – Tierra y Sombra (97 mins.) Colombia. Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.
  • 5:00 pm – Ixcanul (100 mins.) Guatemala. On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents. “Ixcanul” provides a window into a culture that we rarely see. Film will be presented with a special introduction by Professor Judith Maxwell and Kaqchikel Maya language Scholar, Ixnal Cuma Chávez. The Latin American Resource Center- welcomes all educators to a special reception preceding the screening. Reception is free with registration. For more information about this special reception, please register here.
  • 7:10 pm – The Vessel (110 mins.) United States. Ten years after a tidal wave destroys a small-town elementary school with all the children inside, a young man builds a mysterious structure out of the school’s remains, setting the town aflame with passions long forgotten.
  • 9:15 pm – Embrace of the Serpent (133 mins.) Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

  • 12:00 pm Ixcanul (100 mins.) Guatemala.
  • 4:30 pm Unfinished Spaces (86 mins.) Cuba. Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.
  • 9:00 pm The Apostate (80 mins.) Uruguay/Spain. A man at a crossroads in his life (Alvaro Ogalla) wishes to fully excommunicate himself from the Catholic Church, but is faced with baffling bureaucracy from his decision in this absurd comedy-drama from director Federico Veiroj.

More information can be found at thebroadtheater.com, in the Events section. Tickets for the series will go on sale Friday, September 23rd. Tickets for each screening will be $10 with a two-day pass available for $40. For more information please contact the theater at mgmt@thebroadtheater.com or 504-218-1008.