Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos / Edition 1

Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos / Edition 1

by Louis A. P?rez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807872105

ISBN-13: 9780807872109

Pub. Date: 09/01/2011

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807872109
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,254,206
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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