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Protesting the Cuban prison: violence and sex between men in Carlos Montenegro's Hombres sin mujer and Ángel Santiesteban-Prats’ Dichosos los que lloran

Whitfield, Joey 2017. Protesting the Cuban prison: violence and sex between men in Carlos Montenegro's Hombres sin mujer and Ángel Santiesteban-Prats’ Dichosos los que lloran. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 94 (9) , pp. 1013-1031. 10.3828/bhs.2017.62

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Abstract

This article contrasts two texts that represent distinct moments in the history of incarceration in Cuba, Carlos Montenegro’s novel Hombres sin mujer (1937) and Ángel Santiesteban-Prats’ collection of short stories Dichosos los que lloran (2006). It analyses the sometimes contradictory strategies by which these authors denounce the penal systems in which they were incarcerated. As an adjunct to these established ‘vectors’ of gender, race and class which inevitably shape and are expressed through these texts, I add the idea of the prison itself. Ultimately I show that the way in which these texts base their critique of the oppressive hegemonic institution of the prison on an appeal to the oppressive institutions of race and gender means that their critiques can only ever be partial. The point is not to condemn the shortcomings of these authors but rather to affirm the need for an intersectional approach to oppressive institutions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1478-3398
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 09:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/106115

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