Climate and Literature: Reflections of Environment

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With the rise of a succession of sophisticated approaches that largely disregard literature's traditional role as a mirror of life, climate and other environmental factors have been generally disregarded in the interpretation of literary texts during recent decades. For that reason, it is only fitting that the climatological dimension be re-explored after a forty-year hiatus."Climate and Literature embraces a significant revision of the original telluric "notions" about the determinist relationship between ...

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With the rise of a succession of sophisticated approaches that largely disregard literature's traditional role as a mirror of life, climate and other environmental factors have been generally disregarded in the interpretation of literary texts during recent decades. For that reason, it is only fitting that the climatological dimension be re-explored after a forty-year hiatus."Climate and Literature embraces a significant revision of the original telluric "notions" about the determinist relationship between climate and the attitudes and behavior of literary characters set in particular surroundings. In place of such vague notions, we find within these pages interesting and stimulating examples of true applied science and contemporary literary theory that more often than not treat literary depiction of climate not so much as a reflection of influence of particular geographic environments, but as a powerful symbol for psychological or textural processes undergone by the novels' characters, narrators or readers."—Dr. Thomas Franz, Ohio State University.

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Contributors focus on how authors have illustrated the impact of weather and other features of climate upon their characters, milieu, and themes, looking at literature from the classic period, the Renaissance period in France, and 19th- and 20th-century literature from various countries. Works and authors discussed include Jehuda Halevi, Zola's uses of climate in The Land, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other Latin American authors, and Felipe Pichardo Moya's La Comparsa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Writing the Bodies of Water: The Clash of the Lasting and the Catastrophic in the Odes of Horace 7
Climate as Science and Metaphor in the Writings of Jehuda Halevi 19
Astral and Tidal Phenomena, Earthquake Prediction, and The Astronomical Clock of Juan de Barrenechea 29
Zola's Uses of Climate in The Land 43
The Role of Climate in Twentieth-Century Spanish American Fiction 55
The Endless Rains of Death and Desolation in Garcia Marquez's Short Stories 65
Creating an Atmosphere: Depiction of Climate in the Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez 73
The Weather as A Story Element in Four Short Works from Latin America 83
Heat, Water, and Stars in Pedro Paramo 89
Ices Everlasting and Passions Perverted: The Physical and Moral Climate of Puig's Anti-Utopia 99
Influence of Climate on the Cultures of the Jungle as Perceived by Two Latin American Novelists 107
Climate and Identity in the Literature of the French Antilles 115
Afro-Cuban Culture, Ecology, and Climate in "La comparsa" by Felipe Pichardo Moya 123
Notes on the Authors 131
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