Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana

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Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City: Real and Imagined Havana engages in alternative ways of reading foreign visual representations of Havana through analysis of advertising images, documentary films, and photographic texts. It explores key narratives relating to the projection of different Havana imaginaries and focuses on a range of themes including: pre-revolutionary Cuba; the dream of revolution; and the metaphor of the city “frozen-in-time.” The book also synthesizes contemporary debates regarding the notion of Havana as a real and imagined city space and fleshes out its theoretical insights with a series of stand-alone, important case studies linked to the representation of the Cuban capital in the Western imaginary. The interpretations in the book bring into focus a range of critical historical moments in Cuban history (including the Cuban Revolution and the “Special Period”) and consider the ways in which they have been projected in advertising, documentary film and photography outside the island.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages226
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-64030-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-64029-7, 978-3-030-09707-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudies of the Americas
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Cuba
  • Havana
  • Revolution
  • Space
  • Place
  • Film
  • Photography
  • City
  • Documentary

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