Study Guide

Dreaming in Cuban Allusions

By Cristina García

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • El Líder, a nickname for Fidel Castro ("Ocean Blue," 3 and throughout work)
  • The Revolution (throughout work)
  • The Bay of Pigs ("Ocean Blue," 3)
  • U.S. Bicentennial ("Attitude," 143)
  • Jacoba Van Heemskerck ("Attitude," 139)

Pop Culture References

  • Lou Reed ("Enough Attitude," 134), Take No Prisoners ("Changó," 198); "Street Hassle" ("Changó," 202)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico ("Matrix," 181)
  • Iggy Pop ("Attitude," 135)
  • The Ramones ("Attitude," 135)
  • The Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen" ("Matrix," 177)
  • Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters ("Attitude," 134)
  • Beny Moré, "Rebel Heart," "Treat Me As I Am" ("Fire," 85); "Nunca Jámas" ("Letters: 1950-1955," 165)
  • Cielito Lindo ("Palmas Street," 36)
  • Mujeres de Fuego (the film actually referenced is Three on a Match), ("Letters: 1942-1949)
  • Wolfman Jack ("God's Will," 191)

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