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A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902$
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Marial Iglesias Utset

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833988

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877845_iglesias_utset

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Public Culture and Nationalism

Public Culture and Nationalism

(p.127) Six Public Culture and Nationalism
A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902

Marial Iglesias Utset

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the patriotic demonstrations that constantly occurred during this period, which opened a privileged space for the public expression of Cubans' feeling that they constituted and were members of a national community. The diffusion through the press of a symbolic nationalist patrimony was accompanied by its public representation in marches, meetings, acts of homage, celebrations, and funerals. These ceremonies enabled symbolic codes to be fleshed out and consummated on public occasions in which music, flags, triumphal arches, dress featuring the national colors, and banners featuring portraits and allegorical depictions were dynamically intermixed. The debates over patriotic memory, national tradition, and what was most authentic in each also took place through the more limited channel of written texts. Yet this source, too, reached a wider audience, with its arguments advanced via the programs of public spectacles that often drew large numbers of people.

Keywords:   patriotic demonstrations, privileged space, national community, symbolic nationalist patrimony, symbolic codes

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