© 2009

Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes, Jerry Hoeg
    Pages 1-7
  3. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 9-24
  4. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 25-38
  5. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 39-52
  6. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 67-82
  7. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 101-116
  8. Jerry Hoeg
    Pages 117-129
  9. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 145-158
  10. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
    Pages 159-175
  11. Jerry Hoeg
    Pages 177-185
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 187-203

About this book


Spanning the whole of 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, asking questions that contribute to the on-going dialogue between the arts and the sciences.


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About the authors

BEATRIZ RIVERA-BARNES is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State Worthington Scranton, USA.
JERRY HOEG is Professor of Spanish at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Bibliographic information


"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