The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings

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From the Popol Vuh to postmodernism, imagery of the natural world has played an important role in Latin American literature. In contrast to the rise of ecocritical scholarship in Anglophone literary studies, Latin American literary ecocriticism has been slower to take root. This volume of eleven essays seeks to advance the ecocritical conversation among Latin Americanists, furthering insight into the relationship between humans and their environments. The essays address regions as diverse as Patagonia and the ...

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Overview

From the Popol Vuh to postmodernism, imagery of the natural world has played an important role in Latin American literature. In contrast to the rise of ecocritical scholarship in Anglophone literary studies, Latin American literary ecocriticism has been slower to take root. This volume of eleven essays seeks to advance the ecocritical conversation among Latin Americanists, furthering insight into the relationship between humans and their environments. The essays address regions as diverse as Patagonia and the Chihuahua Desert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442874
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Taylor Kane is an assistant professor of Spanish at Boise State University, where he teaches courses on Hispanic and Latin American literature. He is currently doing research on the Spanish American environmental novel.

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Table of Contents

Preface Adrian Taylor Kane 1

I Nature, Modernity and Technology in Twentieth-Century Latin American Fiction

Ecological Criticism and Spanish American Fiction: An Overview Jonathan Tittler 11

Nature and the Discourse of Modernity in Spanish American Avant-Garde Fiction Adrian Taylor Kane 37

Nature in the Twentieth-Century Latin American Novel (1900-1967) and in Cien años de soledad of García Márquez Raymond L. Williams 66

The Long and Winding Road of Technology from María to Cien años de soledad to Mantra: An Ecocritical Reading Gustavo Llarull 89

II Environmental Utopias and Dystopias

Caribbean Utopias and Dystopias: The Emergence of the Environmental Writer and Artist Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert 113

Paradise Lost: A Reading of Waslala from the Perspectives of Feminist Utopianism and Ecofeminism Marisa Pereyra 136

Barbarian Civilization: Travel and Landscape in Don Segundo Sombra and the Contemporary Argentinean Novel Martín Camps 154

III Ecology and the Subaltern

Dissecting Environmental Racism: Redirecting the "Toxic" in Alicia Gaspar de Alba's Desert Blood and Helena María Viramontes's Under the Feet of Jesus Dora Ramírez-Dhoore 175

Nature as Articulate and Inspirited in Oficio de tinieblas by Rosario Castellanos Traci Roberts-Camps 196

National Nature and Ecologies of Abjection in Brazilian Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Mark D. Anderson 208

Epilogue: "Beyond the Telluric Novel" Adrian Taylor Kane 233

About the Contributors 237

Index 241

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