"The Island as a topological Model: Spaces of Representation inside und outside Cuba in the Early 21st Century"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam)
The particular context of contemporaneous Cuba expresses a well-known isolation. Its history is one of separations and links with the rest of Latin American history and a peculiar process in the political, economic and cultural aspects. It is undeniable that since the last half of 20th century, the Cuban space is a privileged issue by which to examine the pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary discourses and debates; identity problems, the diaspora und his consequences, conceptual trans territoriality and his cultural imaginaries. For that reason, the research is conducted chronologically, in which the aesthetic tendencies and thoughts are in nuce imbricated to describe the contemporaneous Cuban reality.
The analysis is focused in some writings of José Lezama Lima, Alejo Carpentier, Roberto Fernández Retamar and Antonio Benítez Rojo (cultural and literary milestones), which qualify the ideas of insularity in Cuba within the paradox “place and -non-place- “ between 1950 and 1989.
In the years following the so-called Special Period is noted the configurations and discussions on the categories that express the aesthetic und cultural imaginaries of the insularity. (v.gr Iván de la Nuez, Antonio José Ponte, Carlos Alberto Aguilera, Wendy Guerra). The island will be the conceptual platform from which the aesthetic representations, cultural characteristics and his diachronic process will be delineated as well. In other words, a net of categories will be made on the Cuban simiospherical place to express the connections and reorganization of the insular place.