Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745315089 Published November 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745315133 Published November 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Lost Worlds: Latin America and the Imagining of Empire

Kevin Foster

Lost Worlds: Latin America and the Imagining of Empire

Kevin Foster

Distributed for Pluto Press

280 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745315089 Published November 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745315133 Published November 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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 1970s 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.

Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface Lost Worlds
Introduction The Half-Light
1. News From Nowhere
2. Adventures and Anxieties
3. The Last of England
4. South of the Border
5. Dreaming of Pelé
6. Fearful Symmetry
Conclusion Southward Ho!
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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