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A Cultural History of Underdevelopment New World Studies J. Michael Dash, Editor Frank Moya Pons and Sandra Pouchet Paquet, Associate Editors A Cultural History of Underdevelopment Latin America in the U.S. Imagination John Patrick Leary University of Virginia Press Charlottesville and London this book is made possible by a collaborative grant from the andrew w. mellon foundation. University of Virginia Press© 2016 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper First published 2016 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Leary, John Patrick, 1979– author. Title: A cultural history of underdevelopment : Latin America in the U.S. imagination / John Patrick Leary. Description: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2016. | Series: New world studies | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016002825 | ISBN 9780813939155 (cloth : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780813939162 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780813939179 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: United States  —  Relations  —  Latin America. | Latin America  —  Relations  —  United States. | Latin AmericaForeign public opinion, American  —  History. | Public opinion  —  United States  —  History. Classification: LCC F1418 .L43 2016 | DDC 327.7308   —   dc23 LC record available at Cover art: “Landing U.S. Marines in Cuba,” New York World, May 15, 1898. (Courtesy of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University) Prospero, you are a great illusionist: You know all about lies. And you lied to me so much, lied about the world, lied about yourself that you have ended by imposing on me an image of myself. underdeveloped, in your words, incompetent, that’s how you forced me to see myself. And I hate that image! And it is false! But now I know you, you old cancer, and I also know myself!   —  Aimé Césaire, Une Tempête (1968) ...


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