Entangled Edens / Edition 1

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Overview


Candace Slater takes us on a journey into the Amazon that will forever change our ideas about one of the most written-about, filmed, and fought-over areas in the world. In this book she deftly traces a rich and marvelous legacy of stories and images of the Amazon that reflects the influence of widely different groups of people--conquistadors, corporate executives, subsistence farmers --over the centuries. A careful, passionate consideration of one of the most powerful environmental icons of our time, Entangled Edens makes clear that we cannot defend the Amazon's dazzling array of plants and animals without comprehending its equally astonishing human and cultural diversity.

Early explorers describe encounters with fearsome warrior women and tell of golden cities complete with twenty-four-carat kings. Contemporary miners talk about a living, breathing gold. TV documentaries decry deforestation and mercury poisoning. How do these disparate visions of the Amazon relate to one another? As she fits the pieces of the puzzle together, Slater shows how today's widespread portrayal of the region as a fragile rain forest on the brink of annihilation is every bit as likely as earlier depictions to obscure important aspects of this immense and complicated region.

In this book, Slater draws on her fifteen years of experience collecting stories and oral histories among many different groups of people in the Amazon. Throughout Entangled Edens, the voices of contemporary Amazonians mingle with the analyses of such writers as Claude Lévi-Strauss, Theodore Roosevelt, and nineteenth-century naturalist Henry Walter Bates. Slater convinces us that these stories and ideas, together with an understanding of their origins and ongoing impact, are as critical as scientific analyses in the fight to preserve the rain forest.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Slater (humanities, Berkeley; Dance of the Dolphin: Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination) asserts that the Amazon should be considered important not just for its wealth of plant and animal life but also for its human diversity. Concerned that to most "the Amazon" connotes only tall trees and parrots, she presents an intricate analysis of the region's people, their lives, and their culture. Fifteen years of fieldwork and personal experience are woven with voices of long-ago explorers (e.g., Claude Levi-Strauss, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Walter Bates) and with current oral histories. By examining themes such as the Encante (the enchanted underwater world), Warrior Women, and environmental issues, she argues persuasively that the people always play a vital role in this region through their beliefs and their actions and reactions. Including a chronology of important dates, a glossary, an extensive notes section, and an extensive reference list, this is strongly recommended for public and academic environmental, literature, and Latin American collections. Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520226425
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Candace Slater is Marian E. Koshland Distinguished Professor and director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Dance of the Dolphin: Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination (1994) and Stories on a String: The Brazilian Literatura de Cordel (California, 1989).
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Table of Contents

1 The Meeting of the Waters 1
2 El Dorado and the Golden Legacy 19
3 The Encante as a World in Motion 54
4 Warrior Women, Virgin Forests, and Green Hells 81
5 Gold as a Woman 101
6 Roots of the Rain Forest 133
7 Lakes within Lakes 158
8 Beyond Eden 183
Chronology of Key Dates 205
Glossary of Selected Terms 218
Notes 223
References 281
Acknowledgments 313
Index 317
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