Neighbors North and South: Literary Culture, Political Rhetoric and Inter-American Relations in the Era of the Good Neighbor Policy, 1928--1948

Neighbors North and South: Literary Culture, Political Rhetoric and Inter-American Relations in the Era of the Good Neighbor Policy, 1928--1948

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During the Good Neighbor policy, which dominated U.S.-Latin American relations from 1928-1947, the United States set out to convince people in the Americas to see one another as neighbors in order to strengthen economic and political ties within the hemisphere. In this dissertation, I argue that the reciprocal relationship between culture and foreign policy during the 1930s-40s can be understood by tracing the deployment and circulation of the trope of the neighbor in social and cultural texts in the United States and Latin America. Forged in a crucible of domestic concerns, the metaphor of the good neighbor relied on and promoted a normative notion of neighborhood, drawing its meaning from images and ideals associated with literal U.S. neighborhoods, even as it was adjusted to address shifting historical contingencies.Johnson analyzes cartoons from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to support his argument about the feminization of Latin America in political cartoons. For example, in a cartoon printed in Harpera#39;s Weekly in 1898, aquot;Cuba Libre!, aquot;anbsp;...


Title:Neighbors North and South: Literary Culture, Political Rhetoric and Inter-American Relations in the Era of the Good Neighbor Policy, 1928--1948
Author: Amy Lynn Spellacy
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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