Lost Worlds: Latin America and the Imagining of Empire

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Think of Latin America and what do you see? Cocaine? Carnevale? Chaos? In "Lost Worlds," Kevin Foster explores how these and other stereotypes about Latin America 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 ...

Lost Worlds: Latin America and the Imagining of Empire 2009, Pluto Press (UK), London, England

ISBN-13: 9780745315089

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