Cuba and the US in a Sandbox: Tit for Tat in the Cuban Funny Papers
Director, Multicultural & Gender Studies
Department and Faculty, International Languages, Literature, & Cultural Department
Dr. Sara Cooper likens the 100-plus years’ adversarial relationship between the United States and Cuba to two children hurling accusations back and forth. She presents her findings from her studies on the use of humor by Cubans to comment about serious issues between that country and the United States. Dr. Cooper notes that the Cuban political comics were used in the years after the 1959 revolution as a way to transmit ideological information to a newly-literate public. She presents examples from the early 1960s all the way into the 21st century.
Recorded: March 9, 2017