'Architecture is repetition': adapting postcolonial spatial theory for post-Revolutionary socialist Cuba

Ramone, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3508-4796, 2019. 'Architecture is repetition': adapting postcolonial spatial theory for post-Revolutionary socialist Cuba. Interventions, 21 (7), pp. 959-976. ISSN 1369-801X

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This paper brings architectural theory into contact with spatial theory developed in literary and cultural studies and human geography. Arguing that the basic principles of postcolonial and of Marxist spatial theories (as applied by David Harvey, Achille Mbembe, Doreen Massey, Edward Soja) require significant adaptation for a Cuban context, this paper begins to develop a new spatial theory appropriate to socialist post-Revolutionary Cuba. This adapted spatial theory which builds on architectural practice and theories can be applied to Cuban literary culture: this paper briefly examines the annual Havana book fair and literary festival, Feria. An examination of social space in Havana, and its representation in texts that provide an insight into those spaces for “global” readers, needs to be alert to the ways in which the politics of space remains foregrounded in Cuba, as well as the extent to which the accommodation of policies compatible with capitalist global trade and tourism begins to replicate the inequalities of capitalist spatial configurations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Interventions
Creators: Ramone, J.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2019
Volume: 21
Number: 7
ISSN: 1369-801X
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Mar 2019 14:51
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:17
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35953

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