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Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos
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Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (Hardback)

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This title presents the images of beneficence, acts of aggression.For more than two hundred often turbulent 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. One of the foremost historians of Cuba, Louis A. Perez Jr. offers a revealing history of these metaphorical and depictive motifs and uncovers the powerful motives behind such characterizations of the island.Perez analyzes the dominant images and their political effectiveness 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 metaphor was central to the U.S. imperial project as a way of transforming the pursuit of national self-interest into the lofty, disinterested purpose of moral duty.

With particular focus on the pivotal eras of the war of 1898 and the 1959 Cuban revolution, Perez demonstrates how these descriptions served the foreign policy interests of the United States. As charged and coded modes of persuasion and mediation, these images sanctioned and sustained the moral logic of U.S. power over Cuba. Perez further argues that the metaphors in service to America's imperial impulses over Cuba were subsequently projected over the world at large.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsInternational institutionsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 30/08/2008 ISBN-13: 9780807832165  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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LOUIS A. PEREZ 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 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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