Cultures of Surveillance in Contemporary Cuba: The Literary Voice of Yoani Sánchez

By Laura R. Loustau.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This project studies how Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban blogger, addresses representations of everyday life in contemporary Cuba. Her blog, “Generation Y”, depicts the personal and collective experiences of living under surveillance. Sánchez proposes a new reading of the concept of surveillance; one in which the role of the watcher and those who are watched is reversed. This switch is possible due to the use of technology and creative ways to defy Cuban State security whose traditional role has been to oversee, control, and repress without accountability. This paper also shows how the dichotomy of visibility and invisibility that was so distinct for the Cuban government now transcends the controlled space of the state. There exists an alternative virtual world that defies the rigid structures of surveillance.

Keywords: Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, Life in Contemporary Cuba, Surveillance, Independent Bloggers, Antonio José Ponte, State Security

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.247-254. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 735.103KB).

Dr. Laura R. Loustau

Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

Laura Loustau is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Chapman University in Southern California. Her academic interests include Latin American literatures written in the United States as well as U.S. Latino/a literatures. She has published book reviews and articles in various literary journals. Her book titled, Cuerpos errantes: Literatura latina y latinoamericana en Estados Unidos (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2002) explores notions of border, de (re) territorialization, nomadism and transculturation.


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