By John Patrick Leary
A Cultural background of Underdevelopment explores the
altering position of Latin the USA 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 american citizens have
imagined the worldwide geography of poverty and growth, because the hemispheric imperialism of the
19th century yielded to the chilly struggle discourse of "underdevelopment." John
Patrick Leary examines representations of asymmetric improvement in Latin the USA throughout a variety
of genres and media, from canonical fiction and poetry to cinema, images, journalism,
well known tune, go back and forth narratives, and improvement theory.
For the USA, Latin the US has figured variously
pretty much as good neighbor and rebel possibility, as its attainable destiny and a remnant of its previous. By
illuminating the normal ways that american citizens have imagined their position in the
hemisphere, the writer indicates how the preferred photo of the USA as a contemporary, exceptional
country has been produced through a century of encounters that tourists, writers, radicals,
filmmakers, and others have had with Latin the United States. Drawing on authors comparable to James Weldon
Johnson, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway, Leary argues that Latin the United States has figured in U.S.
tradition not only as an unique "other" yet because the universal mirrored image of the United
States’ personal local, racial, category, and political inequalities.
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