Uban Post-Revolutionary Writing and Film-making

We have spent the first third of the semester critically evaluating two narratives of post-revolutionary Cuba: Memorias del subdesarrollo, by Edmundo Desnoes (Tomas Gutierrez Alea),and Antes que anochezca by Reinaldo Arenas (Julian Schnabel). We have seen how the telling of a particular story is influenced and in many ways limited not only by the medium through which it is told but also by the socio-cultural and historical /political context in which it develops. Both the written and cinematic texts are constructions of reality that are very much shaped by the ideological beliefs of the writer / artists creating them.

the paper have to star with a thesis/introduction answering these questions:
What is the story being told? Who is telling it? To whom is it being told? How is it told? Is there a difference between the original and its film version? These are some of the questions that should help you develop a working idea or thesis that can be supported through written, visual, and audio cues that best illustrate your observations.

The theme to assist in narrowing your topic is: Reinaldo Arenas transgressive narrative / La narrativa transgresiva de Reinaldo Arenas

include observations about the following in your analysis(not too many descriptions):
1. The role of the narrative point of view in both the written and film versions
2. Pertinent artistic / literary techniques used. For example: language, images, musical interludes, documentary footage, etc.
3. The context that frames the narrative

And as a conclusion (about 2-3 paragraphs): A conclusion that takes into consideration how both Desnoes and Arenas narratives differ in their depiction of Castro s Cuba.

The paper should primarily be your own critical assessment of the visual and written texts. Do not use PLOT SUMMARIES! the paper should be your ideas well followed and do not put titles or anything at the beginning of a new idea or paragraph! The book and film critics should be expressed in different paragraph.