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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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Alterity, Empire, and Nation in Tierra del Fuego

Alterity, Empire, and Nation in Tierra del Fuego

(p.18) Chapter 1 Alterity, Empire, and Nation in Tierra del Fuego
Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

University Press of Florida

This chapter takes as its subject a group of twentieth-century Argentine texts that examine the realities of Latin America after independence. This was a critical period when leaders pursuing civilizing agendas pushed up against their own heterogeneous populations and the powerful British empire. Ecological imaginations imbedded in novels written by Iparraguirre, Demitrópulos, and Belgrano Rawson are revealed in this chapter. These ecological imaginations try to bring cultural and environmental change to the foreground of the narrative regarding modernity in Latin America. These novels disclose a convergence of ecological, historical, and political concerns which are considered to be central characteristics of ecological imaginations prevalent in contemporary fiction.

Keywords:   Iparraguirre, Demitrópulos, Belgrano Rawson, ecological imaginations, modernity, Latin America, contemporary fiction, Darwin, modern science, twentieth-century Argentine

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