Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Literatures & Languages


Licia Fiol-Matta

Committee Members

Carlos J. Alonso

Silvia Dapía

Nuria Morgado

Rolando Pérez

Subject Categories

Caribbean Languages and Societies | Intellectual History | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Literature | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature


Special period, history of emotions, Cuban literature, women writers


This dissertation studies the emotional repertories employed in the presentation of the female literary subject in the Cuban special period, a period of rapid ideological shift. It deals with the presentation of the self in a series of fictional autobiographic works whose portraits of history and society allow for the observation of diverse emotional repertories, looking for social and ethical value attributed to emotions such as happiness or nostalgia. The dissertation has two modes, a written one and a visual one I produce using digital media. The written part features a close textual analysis of emotional repertories found in literary and cultural journals, novels, short stories and the advice sections of feminine magazines. One of my hypotheses is that emotional standards configure the system of values surrounding the characters and the narrator. The digital media component serves to develop visualizations of predominant emotional topics using quantitative and qualitative data analysis.