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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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Futuristic Narratives and the Crisis of Place

Futuristic Narratives and the Crisis of Place

(p.139) Chapter 4 Futuristic Narratives and the Crisis of Place
Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

University Press of Florida

This chapter on futuristic fiction considers two texts that draw from the rich history of Latin America to condemn environmental degradation, political corruption, and the disintegration of human communities during the present time. It tries to highlight the present-day realities considered by the two novelists, Homero Aridjis and Gioconda Belli, in projecting them forward in time to form the base of the argument that the final outcome of modernization is finally a failed society prevailing in a devastated landscape.

Keywords:   modernity, futuristic narratives, Homero Aridjis, Gioconda Belli, modernization, landscape, Latin America, environmental degradation, political corruption

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