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Cuba in the American imagination : metaphor and the imperial ethos

Author: Louis A Pérez
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2008.
Series: Caravan book.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 discovers the powerful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis A Pérez
ISBN: 9780807832165 0807832162 9780807886984 080788698X 9780807872109 0807872105
OCLC Number: 191009573
Notes: "A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.
Description: xii, 333 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The idea of Cuba --
Metaphor between motive and meaning --
Imagining self-interest --
Metaphor as paradigm --
On gratitude as moral currency of empire --
Shifting metaphors, changing meanings: representing revolution --
Through the prism of metaphor: accommodation to empire.
Series Title: Caravan book.
Responsibility: Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
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