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Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971

Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971

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  • Lillian Guerra
  • University of North Carolina Press
  • Paperback
  • 9781469618869
  • 9 X 6 X 1.5 inches
  • 1.5 pounds
  • History > Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba
  • English
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In the tumultuous first decade of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and other leaders saturated the media with altruistic images of themselves in a campaign to win the hearts of Cuba's six million citizens. In Visions of Power in Cuba, Lillian Guerra argues that these visual representations explained rapidly occurring events and encouraged radical change and mutual self-sacrifice.
Mass rallies and labor mobilizations of unprecedented scale produced tangible evidence of what Fidel Castro called unanimous support for a revolution whose moral power defied U.S. control. Yet participation in state-orchestrated spectacles quickly became a requirement for political inclusion in a new Cuba that policed most forms of dissent. Devoted revolutionaries who resisted disastrous economic policies, exposed post-1959 racism, and challenged gender norms set by Cuba's one-party state increasingly found themselves marginalized, silenced, or jailed. Using previously unexplored sources, Guerra focuses on the lived experiences of citizens, including peasants, intellectuals, former prostitutes, black activists, and filmmakers, as they struggled to author their own scripts of revolution by resisting repression, defying state-imposed boundaries, and working for anti-imperial redemption in a truly free Cuba.

Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971

Author Bio

Professor Lillian Guerra is the author of many scholarly articles, works of public scholarship and essays as well as four published books of history: Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico (University Press of Florida, 1998), The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), and Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971 (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). 

Visions of Power in Cuba received the 2014 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, its most prestigious prize for a book on Latin America across all fields. Dr. Guerra’s fourth book, published by Yale University Press in 2018, is titled Heroes, Martyrs and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958. 

She is currently completing a fifth book of history, Patriots and Traitors in Cuba: Political Pedagogy, Rehabilitation and Vanguard Youth, 1961-1981, under contract with Duke University Press.

Beginning in August 2020 through July 2021, Professor Guerra will complete the writing of this book through the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Among recent works of public interest are Guerra’s articles in NACLA, the American Historical Association’s Perspectives, Newsweek in Latin America, the prestigious literary and news journal Letras Libres published in Mexico City, and most recently, The New York Times.

Guerra’s creative writings include contributions to the work of Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Alex Harris and photographer Cathryn Griffith as well as three collections of Spanish-language poetry, published in Quito, Ecuador, Havana, Cuba and Cimarrona (2013), published by Editorial Verbum in Madrid, Spain. She has also published a book of short stories, Cartografía Corporal with Editorial Verbum in 2014.

In 2014-2015, Guerra has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. At the University of Florida, she has held the Waldo W. Neikirk term professorship for excellence in teaching at the University of Florida (2016-2019) and the University of Florida’s Research Foundation Professorship (2017-2020) for superb scholarship. 

The daughter of Cubans who came to the United States in 1965, Guerra was born in New York City and grew up in Marion, Kansas until her family moved to Miami, Florida she was fourteen. There she attended Gulliver Academy and Ransom Everglades School but left high school a year before graduating to attend Dartmouth College. She received her Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Wisconsin and has taught Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American history at Bates College (2000-2004), Yale University (2004-2010), and the University of Florida (2010-present).

 

Source: University of Florida Department of History 

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