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Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction$
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Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035468

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035468.001.0001

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Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

University Press of Florida

This chapter tries to provide the readers new to the field or region a sense of the possibilities for ecocritical analysis in contemporary Latin American letters. In the process it explores natural settings within Latin American novels that illustrate important moments of environmental change in the region extending from nineteenth-century imperialism to the present. The book expresses concerns with the way contemporary Latin American fiction portrays the economic, cultural, and historical roots of ecological transformations in the Americas. This chapter also sheds light on the different ways through which Latin American novels and texts appropriate the rhetoric of nature to depict social and environmental justice concerns as the foreground of historical debates.

Keywords:   natural settings, Latin American novels, environmental change, nineteenth-century imperialism, Americas, historical debates

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