Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor's Name

Ricardo Castells

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Erik Camayd-Freixas

Third Advisor's Name

Juan Torres-Pou

Fourth Advisor's Name

Damian Fernandez

Date of Defense



The purpose of this dissertation is to demonstrate that the societal changes that took place in Cuba during the last decade of the twentieth century, period know as The Special Period in Times of Peace, created the necessary conditions for the development of a new type of narrative. The first chapter constitutes an historical overview of the role of the State in the literary and artistic creation in revolutionary Cuba. The second, third, and fourth chapters analyze the major characteristics in the narrative of this period, creating a contrast with previous decades of the revolutionary era. With such purpose the study is divided into three categories: language, themes, and ideology. The usage of language as a means of transgression, the recurrence of the topic of need, and the rebirth of critical thinking, represent the principal characteristics of this literary period, and confirm the main idea of this dissertation: the fall of the ideal of the New Man. The final chapter summarizes the findings of the study and poses a question: If the ideal of the New Man has ceased to exist, what has replaced it? The question of whether or not a new ideal has replaced that of the New Man, and what that ideal might be, constitutes a steppingstone for further studies in the area of Cuban narrative of the Special Period and beyond.




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