Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts

The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts (Hardback)

£36.50
To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

A personal and cultural mediation, Philip D. Beidler's The Island Called Paradise explores the fascinating ways Cuban history and culture have permeated North American consciousness, and vice versa.In The Island Called Paradise, Philip D. Beidler shares his personal discovery of the vast, rich, and astonishing history of the island of Cuba and the interrelatedness of Cuba and the US.Cuba first entered Beidler's consciousness in the early 1960s when he watched with mesmerised anxiety the televised reports of the Cuban missile crisis, a conflict that reduced a multifaceted, centuries-old history between North America and Cuba to the stark duotones of Cold War politics. Fifty years later, when Beidler traveled to the US's island neighbour, he found a Cuba unlike the nation portrayed in truculent political rhetoric or in the easy preconceptions of US popular culture. Instead he found an entrancing people and landscape with deep historical connections to the US and a dazzling culture that overwhelmed his creative spirit.In twelve original essays, Beidler reintroduces to English-speaking readers many of the central figures, both real and literary, of Cuban and Cuban-American history.

Meet Cecilia Valdes, the young mixed- race heroine of a 1839 novel that takes readers to the poor streets and sumptuous salons of Spanish colonial Cuba, and Narciso Lopez, a real-life Venezuelan adventurer and filibustero who attempted to foment a Cuban uprising against Spain. Both would have been familiar figures to nineteenth-century Americans. Beidler also visits the twentieth-century lives of "the two Ernestos" (Ernest Hemingway and Che Guevara), and the pop-culture Cuban icon Ricky Ricardo.A country not with one history but multiple layers of history, Cuba becomes a fertile island for Beidler's exploration. Art, he argues, perpetually crosses walls erected by politics, history, and nationality. At its core, The Island Called Paradise renews and refreshes our knowledge of an older Atlantic world even as we begin to envision a future in which the old bonds between our nations may be restored.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: The University of Alabama Press Publication Date: 28/02/2014 ISBN-13: 9780817318208  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.  

Philip D. Beidler is the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professor in English at the University of Alabama and the author of many works of cultural and literary criticism, among them Late Thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam; American Wars, First Books: The Printed Word and Cultural Formation in Early Alabama, and American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire. He edited Many Voices, Many Rooms: A New Anthology of Alabama Writers.

More books by Philip D. Beidler

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Say to These Mountains: A Biography ...
(Paperback)
Elizabeth Turnbull
 
 
£14.99
 

Currently out of stock

Warring for America: Cultural ...
(Hardback)
Nicole Eustace; Fredrika J. Teute
 
 
£62.50
 
Vintage Signs of America
(Paperback)
Debra Jane Seltzer
 
 
£14.99
 
Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Elsewhere-Elsewhen
18/09/2017

Jen from the Web Team shares a selection of books that will transport the reader to another time and place.

Growler: The Inspiration for the Now Iconic Bear
18/09/2017

James Campbell describes how the groundbreaking approach to illustration adopted by Milne and Shepard came about, which bear provided the inspiration for the drawings and which of the characters was Shepard's secret favourite.

Blog - Sound and Silence: Emma Viskic on Creating a Profoundly Deaf Protagonist
14/09/2017

In this exclusive blog Emma Viskic describes how she came to learn sign language in order to get closer to her deaf protagonist in her debut, Resurrection Bay.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd