DOI: 10.17265/2159-5542/2015.10.003
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Moshe Morad

Abstract: While researching musical genres and events as a space for identity among gay men in Cuba during the period of austerity known as the Special Period, I came across the role of sentimental and nostalgic Bolero music as an emotional and psychological space. This essay describes and analyses the characteristics of bolero music and poetry, such as its hybrid nature, the "self victimization" themes of its lyrics and their gender ambiguity, and its heroes/divas' life stories, and shows how they resonate with the li…

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