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The Message to García: Cuba, Jamaica, and the USA in 1898

A Talk by Peter Hulme, University of Essex, UK.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Humanities 193
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Just before the USA declared war on Spain in 1898, the War Department sent a US soldier to Cuba to deliver a message to insurgent general Calixto García. Accomplishing his mission, the soldier became a popular hero. However, recent archival research has revealed a more complex story of military espionage, diplomatic subterfuge, and journalistic malpractice. This talk therefore aims to shed light on the continuing importance of 1898 to understanding US/Caribbean relations in the 21st century and to make visible the largely obscured connections between northern Jamaica and south-eastern Cuba.

Peter Hulme is professor and chair of the Department of Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (1986, paperback 1992) and Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 (2000), and joint editor of Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day (1992), Colonial Discourse/Postcolonial Theory (1994), Cannibalism and the Colonial World (1998), 'The Tempest' and Its Travels (2000), The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (2002), The Tempest, A Norton Critical Edition (2003), and Writing, Travel, and Empire: In the Margins of Anthropology (2006).His current Arts & Humanities Research Council grant project is American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography

Cost : Free an open to the public

Jorge Marturano

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, English, LAI Working Group on Caribbean Studies, the Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium

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