The annual congress of the Latin American Studies Association will be held virtually this year. Although we were not able to see our readers and authors in person this year, you can still shop for our Latin American and Caribbean studies books in our virtual booth. We are offering extra deep discount prices and free shipping on all orders with code LASA20 through May 31, 2020. Browse all books here. Need to know what’s new this year? View highlights below.

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Handmade in Cuba: Rolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía
Edited by Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

This collection is an in-depth examination of Ediciones Vigía, an artisanal press that published exquisite books crafted from simple supplies during some of Cuba’s most dire economic periods. Vividly illustrated, this volume shows how the publishing collective responded to the nation’s changing historical and political situation from the margins of society.

 

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Staging Discomfort: Performance and Queerness in Contemporary Cuba
Bretton White

This visionary volume examines how queer bodies are theatrically represented on the Cuban stage in ways that challenge one of the state’s primary revolutionary tools, the categorization and homogenization of individuals. Bretton White critically analyzes contemporary performances that upset traditional understandings of performer and spectator, as well as what constitutes the ideal Cuban citizenry.

 

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Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora
Edited by Jorge Duany

Encompassing works by Cubans on the island, in exile, and born in America, this volume delves into defining moments in Cuban art across three centuries, offering a kaleidoscopic view of the island’s people, culture, and history.

 

 

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Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba’s Children
Deborah Shnookal

This in-depth examination of one of the most controversial episodes in U.S.-Cuba relations sheds new light on the program that airlifted 14,000 unaccompanied children to the United States in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. Operation Pedro Pan is often remembered within the U.S. as an urgent “rescue” mission, but Deborah Shnookal points out that a multitude of complex factors drove the exodus, including Cold War propaganda and the Catholic Church’s opposition to the island’s new government.

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The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey
Victor Andres Triay

Set against the sweeping backdrop of one of the most dramatic refugee crises of the twentieth century, The Mariel Boatlift presents the stories of Cuban immigrants to the United States who overcame frightening circumstances to build new lives for themselves and flourish in their adopted country.

 

 

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Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human
Edited by Lucy Bollington and Paul Merchant

This volume explores works from Latin American literary and visual culture that question what it means to be human and how the nonhuman world helps define personhood. In doing so, it provides new perspectives on how the region challenges and adds to global conversations about humanism and the posthuman.

 

 

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Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America
Edited by María del Pilar Blanco and Joanna Page

Challenging the common view that Latin America has lagged behind Europe and North America in the global history of science, this volume reveals that the region has long been a center for scientific innovation and imagination. It highlights the important relationship between science, politics, and culture in Latin American history.

 

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Digital Humanities in Latin America
Edited by Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodríguez

This volume provides a hemispheric view of the practice of digital humanities in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Americas. These essays examine how participation and research in new media have helped configure new identities and collectivities in the region.

 

 

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Pablo Escobar and Colombian Narcoculture
Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky

In this exploration of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s impact on popular culture, Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky shows how Escobar’s legacy inspired the development of narcocultura—television, music, literature, and fashion representing the drug-trafficking lifestyle—in Colombia and around the world.

 

 

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The New Brazilian Mediascape
Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age
Eli Lee Carter

In this book, Eli Carter explores the ways in which the movement away from historically popular telenovelas toward new television and internet series is creating dramatic shifts in how Brazil imagines itself as a nation, especially within the context of an increasingly connected global mediascape.

 

 

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The Insubordination of Photography
Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship

Ángeles Donoso Macaya

The Insubordination of Photography is the first book to analyze how various collectives, organizations, and independent media used photography to expose and protest the crimes of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime. Featuring never-before-seen photos and other archival material, this book reflects on the integral role of images in public memory and issues of reparation and justice.

 

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La Joven Moderna in Interwar Argentina: Gender, Nation, and Popular Culture
Cecilia Tossounian

In this book, Cecilia Tossounian reconstructs different representations of modern femininity from 1920s and 1930s Argentina, a time in which the country saw new economic prosperity, a growing cosmopolitan population, and the emergence of consumer culture. Tossounian analyzes how these popular images of la joven moderna—the modern girl—helped shape Argentina’s emerging national identity.

 

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The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico: Revisited
Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Updated in this revised edition to include major recent events, new data, and new research, The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico analyzes the controversial language policies passed by the Puerto Rican government in the 1990s, exploring the connections between language and cultural identity and politics on the Caribbean island.

 

 

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Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane Maria Survivors
María T. Padilla and Nancy Rosado

Framed by the stories of Hurricane Maria evacuees, Tossed to the Wind is the gripping account of the wreckage, despair, and displacement left in the wake of one of the deadliest natural disasters on U.S. soil. It is also a story of hope and endurance as Puerto Ricans on the island shared what little they had and the diaspora in Florida offered refuge.

 

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Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict
Simone Delerme

Latino Orlando portrays the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants who have come to the Orlando metropolitan area from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries. While much research on immigration focuses on urban destinations, Simone Delerme delves into a middle- and upper-class suburban context, highlighting the profound demographic and cultural transformation of an overlooked immigrant hub.

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The Insistence of Harm
Fernando Valverde
Translated by Allen Josephs and Laura Juliet Wood

Born in Granada, Spain, in 1980, Fernando Valverde is widely considered one of the top young poets writing in Spanish today. Valverde is a leading figure in a movement of contemporary poets known as the Poetry of Uncertainty, and he has received some of the most significant awards for poetry in Spanish. This bilingual edition of his book The Insistence of Harm introduces English-language readers to some of his latest, most exciting work.

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Use code LASA20 for discount prices and free shipping through May 31, 2020.

 

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