Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City

Real and Imagined Havana

  • James Clifford Kent

Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-226

About this book


Aesthetics and the Revolutionary City engages in alternative ways of reading foreign visual representations of Havana through analysis of advertising images, documentary films, and photographic texts. It explores key narratives relating to the projection of different Havana imaginaries and focuses on a range of themes including: pre-revolutionary Cuba; the dream of revolution; and the metaphor of the city “frozen-in-time.” The book also synthesizes contemporary debates regarding the notion of Havana as a real and imagined city space and fleshes out its theoretical insights with a series of stand-alone, important case studies linked to the representation of the Cuban capital in the Western imaginary. The interpretations in the book bring into focus a range of critical historical moments in Cuban history (including the Cuban Revolution and the “Special Period”) and consider the ways in which they have been projected in advertising, documentary film and photography outside the island. 

James Clifford Kent is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.


Cuba Havana Visual culture Photography Lived space Imagined space Urban Buena Vista Social Club Cuban Revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • James Clifford Kent
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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