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Historia y memoria en Cuba a través de la narrativa de Amir Valle History and memory in Cuba through the narrative of Amir Valle’s Havana Babylon, Sanctuary of shadows and The words and the dead = ( Historia y memoria en Cuba a través de la narrativa de Amir Valle en Habana Babilonia, Santuario de sombras y Las palabras y los muertos)

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dc.contributor.advisor Ramblado, Cinta
dc.contributor.advisor Paz, Mariano
dc.contributor.author O'Mahony, Annarella
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-23T16:36:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-23T16:36:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4314
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis discusses the relationship between memory and history in contemporary Cuba, within the framework of cultural studies, as represented in three books by Amir Valle: Habana Babilonia, Santuario de sombras and Las palabras y los muertos. In the aftermath of the Cuban revolution, history and memory became instruments in the construction of a collective revolutionary identity that took a definite downturn during the 90s. The present study aims to illustrate, how Valle’s fiction and nonfiction narratives problematize these changes, and project the embodiment of memory in Cuba. Drawing on a variety of theoretical frameworks that range from memory studies, history and hermeneutics to deconstructionism, I analyse three core elements in these works: Valle’s portrayal of marginality as a way to challenge centre-periphery relationships, his use of testimony in rescuing alternative histories and the deconstruction of the official discourse that is present in his literature. This textual and extra-textual analysis reveals the process of counter memory, as well as the transformation of the social frameworks of memory and the shifting of landmarks through which Cuban society remembers. This unveils supressed polyphonic identities and leads to the emergence of a besieged memory, and new sites of memory which are evolving, distant from the official discourse, and in resonance with the nation’s cultural diversity. This thesis proves the problematic relationship between memory and history, and how it’s dynamic has become altered on the island. I hope this research will contribute to enrich the interdisciplinary approach in recent Cuban history and offer new insights within the field of Cultural Studies. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject Cuban Revolution en_US
dc.subject memory en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.title Historia y memoria en Cuba a través de la narrativa de Amir Valle History and memory in Cuba through the narrative of Amir Valle’s Havana Babylon, Sanctuary of shadows and The words and the dead = ( Historia y memoria en Cuba a través de la narrativa de Amir Valle en Habana Babilonia, Santuario de sombras y Las palabras y los muertos) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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