Reading And Writing The Latin American Landscape by B. Rivera-barnesReading And Writing The Latin American Landscape by B. Rivera-barnes

Reading And Writing The Latin American Landscape

byB. Rivera-barnes, J. Hoeg

Hardcover | January 13, 2010

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This book is an interdisciplinary approach to Latin American literatures and ecology. The research spans Latin America, including Brazil, from its beginnings in 1492 up to the present time. Rivera-Barnes and Hoeg analyze the relationship between literature and the environment in both literary and testimonial texts, scrutinizing the ecological implications and the relationship between man and nature, or nature and culture. Some of the questions involved in this approach are: How does a text represent the physical world? What moral questions are raised relative to man’s interaction with nature? How does a text bring the reader’s awareness to a specific ecosystem? This approach will prove that environmental degradation is a tangible and measurable reality and this book will contribute to the on-going dialogue between the arts and the sciences.

Beatriz Rivera-Barnes is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State Worthington Scranton. She is the author of many scholarly essays on Minor/Minority literature and ecocriticism that have been published in various refereed journals. She is also the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, a finalist for the 2007 Pa...
Title:Reading And Writing The Latin American LandscapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:212 pagesPublished:January 13, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230615198

ISBN - 13:9780230615199

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Table of Contents

To Discover, an Intransitive Verb; Christopher Columbus’s First Encounter with the American Landscape * Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Water? The Hurricanes that Foundered and the Swamps that Hindered Alvar Núnez Cabeza de Vaca * Picaresque Nature: Conquistadors, Parrots, Parasites, Mimics * Andrés Bello’s “Ode to Tropical Agriculture”: The Landscape of Independence * “I do not Weep for Camaguey”: Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s 19th Century Cuban Landscape *  Rebellion in the Backlands (Os Sertões): The Darwinian Landscape * Yuyos are not Weeds: An Ecocritical Approach to Horacio Quiroga * The Landscapes of Venezuela: Doña Bárbara * “It didn’t work, Mother. You should have let me stay here.” Alegría’s and Flakoll’s Ashes of Izalco * Pablo Neruda’s Latin American Landscape: Nations, Economy, Nature * Love in the Time of Somoza: (Gioconda Belli’s Ambivalent Ecofeminism) * The Landscape of the Consumer Society: Fernando Contreras Castro’s Unica mirando al mar 

Editorial Reviews

“Rivera-Barnes and Hoeg venture beyond the omnipresent critical considerations of ‘place’ in Latin American writing to mark both the literature’s unique valuation of nature and its ever more strident calls for its conservation. They engage texts from across the centuries, mapping the moral questions they raise as well as offering a 21st-century strategy for finding answers in both the artistic and the scientific realms.”--Dale Pratt, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University"The landscape offers an opportunity to put the environmental crisis in literary perspective. Rivera-Barnes and Hoeg explore our evolving perceptions and the collection could not be more timely."--Joseph Henry Vogel, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, and Author of The Economics of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative: Climate Change as if Thermodynamics Mattered“This is an important contribution to the growing field of ecocriticism in Latin America. The book’s broad historical and geographical scope, as well as its careful analysis, make it essential reading for anyone interested in understanding literature and nature in Latin America.”--J. Andrew Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, and Author of Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative.“The authors have their feet firmly planted on the ground of solid scholarship. They cut a wide swath, geographically and historically, but are careful to blaze a trail and even to pave the way for readers to follow. Their book is well worth a reader’s time, not just for an initial incursion, but for further avid study.”--Kevin S. Larsen, Professor of Spanish and Religious Studies, University of Wyoming