Publicación: Gender in Cuban Cinema. From the Modern to the Postmodern

Guy Baron, Peter Lang, 2011. Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas. Vol. 38. Edited by Claudio Canaparo.

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 326 pp.

pb. ISBN 978-3-0343-0229-6

A film institute was the first cultural institution to be created by the new Cuban revolutionary government in 1959. One of its aims was to create a new cinema to suit the needs of the Revolution in a climate of transformation and renewal. During the same period, issues of gender equality and gender relations became important as the Revolution attempted to eradicate some of the negative social tendencies of the past. Through the prism of the gender debate, Cuban cinema both reflected and shaped some of the central ideological concerns on the island at this time.

This book brings together these two extremely significant aspects of the Cuban revolutionary process by examining issues of gender and gender relations in six Cuban films produced between 1974 and 1990. Using close textual analysis and theoretical insights from feminism and postmodernism, the author argues that the portrayal of aspects of gender relations in Cuban cinema developed along a progressive path, from expressions of the modern to expressions of the postmodern.


Machismo, Masculinity and the Modern – Machismo on Screen – Sexuality and Motherhood – The Mother on Screen – Cuba and the Postmodern – The Postmodern on Screen.

Guy Baron is Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Aberystwyth, where he teaches courses in both Spanish and Spanish American cinema and culture. He completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham and has taught at a number of other universities in the UK. His publications include articles in the “Bulletin of Latin American Research and Revista Cine Cubano”.

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