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Todd F. Tietchen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035208

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035208.001.0001

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Todd F. Tietchen

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on Allen Ginsberg's “Prose Contribution to Cuban Revolution,” which attributes the revolution's blind spot in regards to sexuality to Castro's continued adherence to puritanical outlooks—outlooks which Ginsberg, sounding much like Duncan at the end of World War II, ascribed to patriarchal and homophobic forms of nationalism, which replicated the repressive socio-political structures that U.S. artists and intellectuals hoped the revolution would ultimately shun. While Ginsberg was openly impressed with economic reform and the island's literacy programs, he ultimately dismissed the promises of the revolution on what he identified as “humanist grounds.”

Keywords:   Allen Ginsberg, Cuban revolution, nationalism, literacy program, avant-garde, Fidel Castro

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