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Intimations of ModernityCivil Culture in Nineteenth-Century Cuba$
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Louis A. Pérez Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631301

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631301.001.0001

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The Perfection of Acting

The Perfection of Acting

(p.79) Chapter Three The Perfection of Acting
Intimations of Modernity

Louis A. Pérez Jr.

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the abanico, or fan, in Cuban culture. This fans, popular in much of the world, became ubiquitous fashion accessories for women during this period in Cuba. In part, the suffocating heat of Cuban summers lead to the fan’s popularity. What a tourist might consider a quaint souvenir proved indispensable for many Cubans. Havana had several abanciquerías: speciality shops devoted exclusively to the sale of fans. The chapter also notes how these fans allowed women a means through which to create privacy—a shield of sorts—behind which women could come together, share secrets, and create a sense of community.

Keywords:   fan, abanico, abanciquerías

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