Science, Literature, and Film in the Hispanic World

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Driven by such diverse advances as the Human Genome Project and the explosion of the World Wide Web, and also by the threat of human-inspired disasters such as global warming, the field of science and literature studies is currently undergoing an unprecedented expansion. The relations between science and literature have been and continue to be central to understanding Hispanic civilization and culture. In spite of this, Science, Literature, and Film in the Spanish-Speaking World is the first and only book to ...

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Overview

Driven by such diverse advances as the Human Genome Project and the explosion of the World Wide Web, and also by the threat of human-inspired disasters such as global warming, the field of science and literature studies is currently undergoing an unprecedented expansion. The relations between science and literature have been and continue to be central to understanding Hispanic civilization and culture. In spite of this, Science, Literature, and Film in the Spanish-Speaking World is the first and only book to treat this new and dynamic field from an Hispanic perspective. This unique volume opens the door to an entirely new focus in the study of Hispanic literature and culture.

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"This book is a veritable landmark in the Hispanic studies literature filling a current void whether in the English, Spanish or Portuguese languages. Through a well balanced selection of significant readings, it manages for the first time to aptly unfold before our eyes the unique and colorful tapestry that vibrantly integrates science, literature and film in the Hispanic world. Hoeg and Larsen deserve to be commended for their loving and expert care in providing us with this collection of subtle and beautiful texts."—Juan J. Zoreda-Lozano, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, School of Arts and Sciences for Design, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco. México

"The essays collected in this exceptional and well-integrated volume give a profound analysis of the connection between the sciences and the arts in the Spanish-speaking world. This relationship is reflected also in the original balance of liveliness, imagination and scientific rigor achieved by an eclectic spectrum of authors brought together in a pioneering work likely to establish itself as an important reference point on a broad and relatively unexplored issue."—Professor Horacio C. Reggini, Miembro de la Academia de Ciencias y de la Academia de Letras, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"These twelve thought-provoking and engaging essays explore the roles of science and technology in the construction of Spanish and Portuguese narratives. They prove that scientific findings, mathematics, physics, and philosophical ideas find their way into narratives and film in surprising ways."—RoseAnna Mueller, Liberal Education, Columbia College Chicago

"This book serves not to unite disparate fields of scientific or literary discourse or to delineate boundaries among them, but to explore and understand Hispanic texts according to their own multifarious vocabularies. Ranging from realism to science fiction, from positivism to postmodernism and the post-human, these fascinating essays represent significant contributions to their respective fields while also participating in the broader conversation about the relations between science and literature in the Hispanic world. The book deserves high praise and helps fill an important niche in Hispanic literary studies."—Dale Pratt, Brigham Young University; Author of Signs of Science: Literature, Science and Spanish Modernity Since 1868

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974389
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Hoeg, Ph.D. Arizona State University, is professor of Spanish at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Science, Technology, and Latin American Narrative in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2000), numerous articles on the relations between the sciences and the humanities, and editor of the journal Ometeca.

Kevin S. Larsen received the Ph.D. in 1983 from Harvard University's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He currently is professor of Spanish and adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of Wyoming. He has written three books (including one on science and literature in Gabriel Miró and one on Galdós) and some seventy articles published in journals and Festschriften around the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Sciencepoetry
• Three Theories, Three Writers, One Idea: Science and the Nation in the Brazilian Literature of Joaquim de Souzândrade, Euclides da Cunha, and Augusto dos Anjos
• The Aura of Science in Fantastic Tales by Leopoldo Lugones, Macedonio Fernández, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Jorge Luis Borges
• Jorge Luis Borges, and Early Quantum Labyrinths
• Carlos Fuentes' Evolution Towards Ecological Awareness in His Essays and Narratives
• Life Signs in Ricardo Piglia's Cyborgs
• On Science and Mexican Nationalism: The Politics of Identity in Jorge Volpi's In Search of Klingsor
• Disease as a Dis/Organizing Principle in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Benito Pérez Galdós, Leopoldo Alas, and Emilia Pardo Bazán
• Ido del Sagrario's Alimentary Madness
• Pío Baroja's Parascientific Epistemology
• Aquel Madrid: Science, Literature, and Art in Federico García Lorca, Azorín, don Santiago Ramón y Cajal and other Luminaries of Madrid's Edad de Plata
• Representations of Humans and Technology: The Construction of Identity in Arturo Pérez Reverte, Pedro Almodóvar, and Alejandro Amenábar

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