Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos [NOOK Book]

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For more than two hundred years, Americans have imagined and described Cuba and its relationship to the United States by conjuring up a variety of striking images--Cuba as a woman, a neighbor, a ripe fruit, a child learning to ride a bicycle. Louis A. Perez Jr. offers a revealing history of these metaphorical and depictive motifs and discovers the powerful motives behind such characterizations of the island as they have persisted and changed since the early nineteenth century. Drawing on texts and visual images ...
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Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos

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Overview

For more than two hundred years, Americans have imagined and described Cuba and its relationship to the United States by conjuring up a variety of striking images--Cuba as a woman, a neighbor, a ripe fruit, a child learning to ride a bicycle. Louis A. Perez Jr. offers a revealing history of these metaphorical and depictive motifs and discovers the powerful motives behind such characterizations of the island as they have persisted and changed since the early nineteenth century. Drawing on texts and visual images produced by Americans ranging from government officials, policy makers, and journalists to travelers, tourists, poets, and lyricists, Perez argues that these charged and coded images of persuasion and mediation were in service to America's imperial impulses over Cuba.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Quoting both U.S. political leaders and the popular press [and] reproducing many period cartoons, Pérez demonstrates that the Cuba that took shape in the American imagination beginning in the early nineteenth century was constructed around metaphors of proximity, neighborhood, and racialism."
Latin American Research Review

"In a thought-provoking conclusion, Pérez describes how arrogant and infantilizing metaphors from the 19th century continue to shape American policy toward Cuba."
The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Nota Bene selection of The Chronicle of Higher Education

Library Journal

Pérez (director, Inst. for the Study of the Americas, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; To Die in Cuba), the highly acclaimed author of several books on Cuba, now examines the image of Cuba in American eyes over more than two centuries. Much of his analysis is indeed historical, focusing heavily on the events surrounding the Spanish-American War and its aftermath and particularly the role of Cuba in American imperialism. His central theme is Cuba as metaphor-as child, woman, or fruit. Pérez is at his best in his section on America as parent of an infant Cuba, where his judicious use of sources, especially cartoons and editorials culled from contemporary newspapers, periodicals, and government publications, illustrate the Cuban image as envisioned and devised by American politicians and policy shapers. There is little emphasis on Castro's revolution and the American embargo, and Pérez's writing is purely academic. Recommended for academic libraries and research collections with a Latin American focus.
—Boyd Childress

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807886946
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Louis A. Pérez Jr. is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of many award-winning books, including ###On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture# and ###To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society# (both from the University of North Carolina Press).
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Table of Contents


Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Idea of Cuba
Chapter 1. Metaphor between Motive and Meaning
Chapter 2. Imagining Self-Interest
Chapter 3. Metaphor as Paradigm
Chapter 4. On Gratitude as Moral Currency of Empire
Chapter 5. Shifting Metaphors, Changing Meanings: Representing Revolution
Chapter 6. Through the Prism of Metaphor: Accommodation to Empire
Notes
Index

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