New Book: Rachel Price’s “Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island”


In Planet/Cuba: Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island, Rachel Price focuses on transformations in Cuban art, literature and culture in the post-Fidel era. [Also see previous post, Locating Cuba: Julie Schwietert Collazo interviews Rachel Price.]

Description: Cuba has been in a state of massive transformation over the past decade, with its historic resumption of diplomatic relations with the United States only the latest development. While the political leadership has changed direction, other forces have taken hold. The environment is under threat, and the culture feels the strain of new forms of consumption.

Planet/Cuba examines how art and literature have responded to a new moment, one both more globalized and less exceptional; more concerned with local quotidian worries than international alliances; more threatened by the depredations of planetary capitalism and climate change than by the vagaries of the nation’s government. Rachel Price examines a fascinating array of artists and writers who are tracing a new socio-cultural map of the island.

Rachel Price (B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Duke U.) is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture at Princeton University. She works on Latin American, circum-Atlantic and particularly Cuban literature and culture; media; poetics; empire; and ecocriticism. Her essays have discussed a range of topics, including digital media, slavery, poetics, and visual art. The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968 was published in 2014 by Northwestern University Press. Her second book, entitled Planet/Cuba (2015), discusses contemporary literature as well as conceptual, digital, and visual art from Cuba that engages questions of environmental crisis, new media, and new forms of labor and leisure.

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