Dictator's Dreamscape: How Architecture and Vision Built Machado's Cuba and Invented Modern Havana

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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7.3 X 9.6 X 1.0 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author
Joseph R. Hartman is an assistant professor of art history/Latinx and Latin American Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hartman has lectured and published widely on modern and contemporary Latin American art and architecture, focusing especially on the intersections of art, ecology, and cultural politics.
Dictator's Dreamscape will serve as a touchstone work to understand how cults of personality meld seamlessly with regimes of power and public edification. . . . Architectural historians, semioticians, planners, cultural geographers, and curious travelers . . . will turn to these pages for years to come."-- "Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe"
Dreams of a future Cuba accompanied the realities of the nation throughout the twentieth century--Dictator's Dreamscape reveals the ways in which dreams and realities collided. Its acute interpretations of public works carried out by the Machado regime produce a new and compelling understanding of complicity and resistance in the relation between politics and visual culture.--Timothy Hyde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engagingly written and theoretically astute, Joseph Hartman's Dictator's Dreamscape, offers a roving critical eye over Machado's Havana, taking us from El Capitolio to Carretera Central to Presidio Modelo and back again. Hartman skillfully meshes analyses of the brick and mortar city with its more fleeting and malleable look and feel, paying careful attention to the ways architecture circulates in media and mobilizes ideas and bodies. He presents a complex cultural landscape of illusion and disillusion, never losing sight of the dictatorship's violence and the legacy of colonialism and imperialism on the island.--George Flaherty, University of Texas at Austin