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A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the by John Patrick Leary

By John Patrick Leary

A Cultural heritage of Underdevelopment explores the
altering position of Latin the United States in U.S. tradition from the mid-nineteenth century to the recent
U.S.-Cuba détente. In doing so, it uncovers the advanced ways that americans have
imagined the worldwide geography of poverty and growth, 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 United States throughout a variety
of genres and media, from canonical fiction and poetry to cinema, images, journalism,
renowned tune, go back and forth narratives, and improvement theory.

For the us, Latin the United States has figured variously
nearly as good neighbor and rebel hazard, as its attainable destiny and a remnant of its earlier. By
illuminating the traditional ways that american citizens have imagined their position in the
hemisphere, the writer indicates how the preferred photograph of the us as a contemporary, exceptional
kingdom has been produced via a century of encounters that tourists, writers, radicals,
filmmakers, and others have had with Latin the United States. Drawing on authors equivalent to 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 favourite mirrored image of the United
States’ personal neighborhood, racial, type, and political inequalities.

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