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- DescriptionTrumpets in the Mountains is a compelling ethgraphy about Cuban culture, artistic performance, and the shift in national identity after 1990, when the loss of Soviet subsidies plunged Cuba into a severe ecomic crisis. The state's response involved opening the ecomy to foreign capital and tourism, and promoting previously deprecated cultural practices as quintessentially Cuban. Such contradictions of Cuba's revolutionary ideals elicited an official preoccupation with how twenty-first-century cubania, or Cubanness, was to be understood by its citizens and creatively interpreted by its artists. The rural campesi was re-envisioned as a key symbol of the future; the embodiment of socialist humility, cultural pureness, and educated refinement; potentially the Hombre Novisimo (even newer man) to replace the Hombre Nuevo (new man) of Cuban communist philosophy. Campesis inhabit some of the island's most isolated areas, including the mountaius regions in central and eastern Cuba where Laurie A. Frederik conducted research among rural communities and professional theater groups. Analyzing the ongoing dialogue of cultural officials, urban and rural artists, and campesis, Frederik provides an on-the-ground account of how visions of the nation are developed, manipulated, dramatized, and maintained in public consciousness. She shows that cubania is defined, and redefined, in the interactive movement between intellectual, political, and everyday worlds.
- Author BiographyLaurie A. Frederik is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and Anthropology at the University of Maryland.
- Author(s)Laurie Aleen Frederik
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication03/09/2012
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note31 photographs, 3 maps
- Weight490 g
- Width155 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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