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Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction
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Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Abstract

From the rainforests of Costa Rica and the Amazon to the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego, this book discusses natural settings within contemporary Latin American novels as they depict key moments of environmental change or crisis in the region from nineteenth-century imperialism to the present. By integrating the use of futuristic novels, the book pushes the ecocriticism discussion beyond the realm of “nature writing.” It avoids the clichés of literary nature and reminds readers that today's urban centers are also part of Latin America and its environmental crisis. One of the first books t ... More

Keywords: Costa Rica, Amazon, Tierra del Fuego, Latin American novels, Latin America, environmental change, nineteenth century, imperialism, futuristic novels, ecocriticism, humanity, social injustice, postapocalyptic, science fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035468
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035468.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Barbas-Rhoden, author
Wofford College