By John Patrick Leary
A Cultural heritage 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 advanced 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 United States throughout a variety
of genres and media, from canonical fiction and poetry to cinema, images, journalism,
well known track, shuttle narratives, and improvement theory.
For the us, Latin the USA has figured variously
nearly as good neighbor and rebel chance, as its attainable destiny and a remnant of its previous. By
illuminating the traditional ways that americans have imagined their position in the
hemisphere, the writer indicates how the preferred photo of the USA as a contemporary, exceptional
kingdom has been produced by way of a century of encounters that tourists, writers, radicals,
filmmakers, and others have had with Latin the US. Drawing on authors akin 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 usual mirrored image of the United
States’ personal nearby, racial, type, and political inequalities.
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