320 pp., 6.125 x 9.125, appends., notes, bibl., index
Passion, Politics, and Memory
In Sexual Revolutions in Cuba Carrie Hamilton delves into the relationship between passion and politics in revolutionary Cuba to present a comprehensive history of sexuality on the island from the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 into the twenty-first century. Drawing on an unused body of oral history interviews as well as press accounts, literary works, and other published sources, Hamilton pushes beyond official government rhetoric and explores how the wider changes initiated by the Revolution have affected the sexual lives of Cuban citizens. She foregrounds the memories and emotions of ordinary Cubans and compares these experiences with changing policies and wider social, political, and economic developments to reveal the complex dynamic between sexual desire and repression in revolutionary Cuba.
Showing how revolutionary and prerevolutionary values coexist in a potent and sometimes contradictory mix, Hamilton addresses changing patterns in heterosexual relations, competing views of masculinity and femininity, same-sex relationships and homophobia, AIDS, sexual violence, interracial relationships, and sexual tourism. Hamilton's examination of sexual experiences across generations and social groups demonstrates that sexual politics have been integral to the construction of a new revolutionary Cuban society.
“Hamilton delivers an incisive history of sexuality in Cuba.”
--Concordia University Magazine
“Hamilton has made an interesting contribution to this field . . . , providing a valuable history of sexuality on the Caribbean island since 1959.”
--Latin American Review of Books
--Women's Review of Books
"A visceral and engaging account of each passing moment in the day of an African-American cook."
--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Hamilton makes a wonderful contribution to the social science of the Caribbean and Cuba. With attention to sexuality, gender, race, and class, she clarifies what is romantic about socioeconomic and political change and explores the meaning of such passion across sexualities and political agendas. This book brings much to the table and will be valuable for all who are interested in Cuba, sexuality studies, and the Caribbean."
--A. Lynn Bolles, University of Maryland
"This book is a superb contribution to our understanding of sexuality in Cuba since 1959, a topic which is, regrettably, usually oversimplified and subject to misleading generalizations. Instead, Carrie Hamilton gives us here a study whose scope and ambition are matched by the subtlety with which she approaches the whole question, enabling her subjects to express revealingly all the complexities characterizing life in modern Cuba and, more importantly, the question of sexuality and revolution, thereby also enabling us to get inside the contradictions and nuances of the topic. It is oral history as it should be done, and we are all the wiser as a result."
--Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham
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