The triumphs and continuity of the Cuban revolution in large measure can be attributed to the close bond that exists between political and cultural practice on the island. Emblematic of Cuban politics, key aspects of Ernesto Che Guevara's revolutionary thought find expression in Cuban cultural theory and practices in the national, popular, and expressive arts domains. This process strikingly sustains the revolution's goals to bring about an equal and unified national community, a radical anti-imperialist, internationalist political ethos, and a deeply rooted universal arts tradition. In this sense, revolutionary Cuba embraces the dialectical concept of the “category of totality,” whereby the spiritual and the material sides of life are linked intrinsically to each other, thus pursuing, in the words of Lukács, “a spontaneous, inseparable integrity.”
Che and the Pre-Eminence of Culture in Revolutionary Cuba: The Pursuit of a Spontaneous, Inseparable Integrity
CLIVE W. KRONENBERG IS A RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FACULTY OF THE CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (CAPE TOWN). WHEREAS HIS MMUS EXAMINES THE LIFE, PHILOSOPHIES, AND WORKS OF GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED CUBAN COMPOSER, LEO BROUWER, HIS PHD (2007) IS A TRANSDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION OF HUMANIST PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING IN CUBAN HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE. HE HAS PUBLISHED ON WIDE-RANGING ARTS AND CULTURAL MATTERS, WITH KEY FINDINGS FROM HIS CUBAN STUDIES PUBLISHED IN UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA LATIN AMERICAN REPORT, LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES, GUITAR REVIEW, GUITARRA MAGAZINE, HUMANITIES RETOOLED, CRITICAL ARTS, TEMPO, AND THE EDUCATIONAL JOURNAL, AMONG OTHERS. IN 2009 HE WAS AWARDED CPUT'S SILVER RESEARCH AWARD.
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Clive W. Kronenberg; Che and the Pre-Eminence of Culture in Revolutionary Cuba: The Pursuit of a Spontaneous, Inseparable Integrity. Cultural Politics 1 July 2011; 7 (2): 189–218. doi: https://doi.org/10.2752/175174311X12971799875906
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