By John Patrick Leary
A Cultural historical past of Underdevelopment explores the
altering position of Latin the US in U.S. tradition from the mid-nineteenth century to the recent
U.S.-Cuba détente. In doing so, it uncovers the complicated ways that americans have
imagined the worldwide geography of poverty and development, because the hemispheric imperialism of the
19th century yielded to the chilly warfare discourse of "underdevelopment." John
Patrick Leary examines representations of asymmetric improvement in Latin the US throughout a variety
of genres and media, from canonical fiction and poetry to cinema, images, journalism,
renowned music, trip narratives, and improvement theory.
For the USA, Latin the United States has figured variously
pretty much as good neighbor and rebel risk, as its attainable destiny and a remnant of its prior. By
illuminating the normal ways that americans have imagined their position in the
hemisphere, the writer indicates how the preferred picture of the USA as a latest, exceptional
kingdom has been produced by means of a century of encounters that tourists, writers, radicals,
filmmakers, and others have had with Latin the United States. Drawing on authors resembling James Weldon
Johnson, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway, Leary argues that Latin the USA has figured in U.S.
tradition not only as an unique "other" yet because the standard mirrored image of the United
States’ personal local, racial, category, and political inequalities.
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A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination (New World Studies) by John Patrick Leary