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Lost worlds [electronic resource] : Latin America and the imagining of empire / Kevin Foster.

Author/Creator:
Foster, Kevin, 1961-
Publication:
London ; New York : Pluto, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (280 p.)
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Subjects:
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in literature.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Latin America -- In literature.
Latin America -- Foreign public opinion.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Think of Latin America and what do you see? Escape? Adventure? Chaos? Oblivion? In Lost Worlds Kevin Foster explores how these and other stereotypes about the continent came into being and what their continuing currency tells us about ourselves.Foster argues that over the last 200 years Latin America has served the English speaking west as an imaginary realm where its highest hopes and deepest anxieties might be realised or assuaged. Examining a range of texts, from Southey's epics to Naipaul's essays, from Conan Doyle's gentlemen adventurers to Kerouac's restless hipsters, from the ruined Missions of Paraguay to the urban chaos of 1970's Argentina, this book examines the role that Latin America has played in British, US and Australian endeavours to resolve the key moral and political crises facing the English speaking west in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references (p. 224-247) and index.
ISBN:
1-84964-071-8
OCLC:
923332427