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Cinema in Cuban National Development

Title: Cinema in Cuban National Development: Women and Film Making Culture.
Name(s): Spinella, Michelle, author
Masemann, Vandra, professor directing dissertation
Mayo, John, outside committee member
Basile, Michael, committee member
Klees, Steve, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this qualitative study is to contribute to a fuller understanding of cinema in processes of national development and social change. The study explores the use of cinema as an educational strategy in post-revolutionary Cuba. The research focuses closely on the experience of women filmmakers' and their participation in the production of cultural meaning and creation of a national Cuban cinema. My central thesis is that cultural renewal is primarily an epistemological task and the study of cinema as a way of knowing can inform the practices of education and development. The themes of representation, culture and development are explored using interviews with women filmmakers, Cuban films, primary source documentation from Cuba's historic archives, participant observation during a women's conference on film and video, and the methodology of film elicitation during a filmmakers' focus group, which evoked taken-for-grant cultural meaning. These data are presented in a contextual analysis that illustrate cinema is a rich context for studying culture and representations of social change processes.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1604 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: October 6, 2003.
Keywords: Cuba, Women, Film in education, National development, Cultural studies, National cinema
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Vandra Masemann, Professor Directing Dissertation; John Mayo, Outside Committee Member; Michael Basile, Committee Member; Steve Klees, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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