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August 5, 1993
Hispanic Division Publishes Scholarly Cuban Bibliography
A Survey of Cuban Revistas 1902-1958, a scholarly bibliography compiled and annotated by Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo, has been published by the Library of Congress. Professor Esquenazi-Mayo, who also wrote an "Overview and Conclusion" to this volume, was the founder and director of Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and is currently a lecturer in Latin American culture at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Cuba's intellectual, literary and artistic productivity from 1902 until Castro's revolution in 1959 had an important impact on Latin American culture. The 122 "revistas" (literary and scholarly journals) reviewed in this survey were the prime vehicles that reflected the cultural life of Cuba.
In his introduction, Esquenazi-Mayo notes that "some of the most innovative revistas were published during the years of political instability and sometimes of outright repression." For example, "Revista de Avance" played a leading role in the literary vanguard of 1928-1930 until it was suppressed by censorship. Another major periodical was Origenes, which began in 1944 and "became the literary beacon of the postwar era." Thoughtful annotations in this survey describe each revista, its orientation and impact.
In his foreword, Cole Blasier, Cuban specialist and recently retired chief of the Hispanic Division, remarks that the revistas described in this volume "represent virtually all aspects" of Cuban culture.
Only Library of Congress holdings of revistas have been annotated in A Survey of Cuban Revistas 1902-1958. Literary supplements of daily newspapers were excluded. The volume also lists Cuban revistas not in the Library's collections but available at other North American depositories.
A Survey of Cuban Revistas 1902-1958, a 112-page hardcover book, with black-and-white illustrations from some of the revistas, is available for $17 in person from the Library's Sales Shop, in bookstores, and directly from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SSOP, Washington DC 20402- 9328. The stock number is 0-16-041611-6.
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