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Culture and customs of Cuba
Luis, William.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxi, 191 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1300 Lexile.
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F1787 .L945 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Cuba continues to loom large in U.S. consciousness and politics. Culture and Customs of Cuba is a much-needed resource to give students and other readers an in-depth view of our important island neighbor. Luis, of Cuban descent, provides detailed, clear insight into Cuban culture in its historical context. Religion, customs, economy, media, performing and creative arts, and cinema are some of the many topics discussed. Included in this discussion are contributions of Cubans in exile which Luis considers an inherent part of Cuban culture.

Encouraging a wider understanding of Cuba, this volume describes and highlights the cultures and customs of the island. Cuba, as one will learn while reading this book, is an island of many cultural customs that have evolved out of a rich history. Presented in the context of three interrelated periods in Cuban history: the Colonial, the Republic, and Castro's Revolution, this book explores Cuba's dynamic culture. Luis also notes the spread of Cuban culture abroad, where a significant part of the Cuban population has lived since the earl 19th century. Students and others interested in this country will find this book to be extraordinarily helpful and informative.

Author Notes

WILLIAM LUIS is Professor of Spanish, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Luis, of Cuban descent, has specialized in and written often on Cuban and Latin American topics.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chronologyp. xvii
1 Contextp. 1
2 Religionp. 19
3 Social Customsp. 33
4 Broadcasting and Print Mediap. 57
5 Cinemap. 79
6 Literaturep. 99
7 Performing Artsp. 133
8 Artp. 153
Glossaryp. 173
Selected Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 183