The Latin American Ecocultural Reader (Abridged / Hardcover)

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By Jennifer French (Editor), Gisela Heffes (Editor), Christopher Columbus (Contributions by), Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (Contributions by), Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (Contributions by), Gaspar de Carvajal (Contributions by), Jean de Léry (Contributions by), José de Acosta (Contributions by), Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca (Contributions by), Father Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (Contributions by), André Joao Antonil (Contributions by), Father Jacinto Morán de Butrón (Contributions by), Georges Louis Le Clerc (Contributions by), José Martín Félix de Árrate y Acosta (Contributions by), Francisco Javier de Clavijero (Contributions by), Juan Ignacio Molina (Contributions by), Simón Bolívar (Contributions by), Andrés Bello (Contributions by), Simón Rodríguez (Contributions by), Johann Rudolf Rengger (Contributions by), José María Heredia y Heredia (Contributions by), Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (Contributions by), Domingo F. Sarmiento (Contributions by), José María Samper (Contributions by), José Martí (Contributions by), Baldomero Lillo (Contributions by), Horacio Quiroga (Contributions by), José Eustasio Rivera (Contributions by), César Uribe Piedrahita (Contributions by), Juan Marín (Contributions by), Graciliano Ramos (Contributions by), Ramón Amaya Amador (Contributions by), Julián del Casal (Contributions by), Rafael Barrett (Contributions by), Manuel González Prada (Contributions by), Pierre Quiroule (Contributions by), Oswald de Andrade (Contributions by), Rubén Darío (Contributions by), Alfonsina Storni (Contributions by), María Luis Bombal (Contributions by), Pablo Neruda (Contributions by), Juan Rulfo (Contributions by), Lydia Cabrera (Contributions by), José María Arguedas (Contributions by), Esteban Montejo (Contributions by), Clarice Lispector (Contributions by), Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Contributions by), Rigoberta Menchú (Contributions by), Chico Mendes (Contributions by), Octavio Paz (Contributions by), Juan Carlos Galeano (Contributions by), Fernando Contreras Castro (Contributions by), Gioconda Belli (Contributions by), Subcommandant Marcos (Contributions by), Eduardo del Llano (Contributions by), Esthela Calderón (Contributions by), Homero Aridjis (Contributions by), José Emilio Pacheco (Contributions by), Mayra Montero (Contributions by), Jaime Huenún (Contributions by), Samanta Schweblin (Contributions by), Berta Cáceres (Contributions by), Pope Francis (Contributions by), Eduardo Chirinos (Contributions by), J.M. Cohen (Translated by), Nina M. Scott (Translated by), Sandra Ferdman (Translated by), Bertram T. Lee (Translated by), Janet Whatley (Translated by), Frances M. López-Morillas (Translated by), Delia Goetz (Translated by), Sylvanus G. Morley (Translated by), Grady C. Wray (Translated by), Harold V. Livermore (Translated by), Paul J. Kaveney (Translated by), Timothy Coates (Translated by), Frederick H. Fornoff (Translated by), Elizabeth Kieffer (Translated by), G.J. Racz (Translated by), Kathleen Ross (Translated by), Esther Allen (Translated by), Steven Dolph (Translated by), J. David Danielson (Translated by), John Charles Chasteen (Translated by), Patricia González (Translated by), Ralph Edward Dimmick (Translated by), Arthur Dixon (Translated by), Leslie Bary (Translated by), Andrew Hurley (Translated by), Greg Simon (Translated by), Steven F. White (Translated by), Orlando Ricardo Menes (Translated by), Lucia Cunningham (Translated by), Richard Cunningham (Translated by), Jack Schmitt (Translated by), Ilan Stavans (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Translated by), Frances Horning Barraclough (Translated by), W. Nick Hill (Translated by), Idra Novey (Translated by), Charles A. Perrone (Translated by), Ann Wright (Translated by), Chris Whitehouse (Translated by), Anthony Stanton (Translated by), James Kimbrell (Translated by), Rebecca Morgan (Translated by), Rose Schreiber-Stainthorp (Translated by), George McWhirter (Translated by), Margaret Sayers Pedan (Translated by), Edith Grossman (Translated by), John Bierhorst (Translated by), Megan McDowell (Translated by)
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Description


The Latin American Ecocultural Reader is a comprehensive anthology of literary and cultural texts about the natural world. The selections, drawn from throughout the Spanish-speaking countries and Brazil, span from the early colonial period to the present. Editors Jennifer French and Gisela Heffes present work by canonical figures, including José Martí, Bartolomé de las Casas, Rubén Darío, and Alfonsina Storni, in the context of our current state of environmental crisis, prompting new interpretations of their celebrated writings. They also present contemporary work that illuminates the marginalized environmental cultures of women, indigenous, and Afro-Latin American populations. Each selection is introduced with a short essay on the author and the salience of their work; the selections are arranged into eight parts, each of which begins with an introductory essay that speaks to the political, economic, and environmental history of the time and provides interpretative cues for the selections that follow.

The editors also include a general introduction with a concise overview of the field of ecocriticism as it has developed since the 1990s. They argue that various strands of environmental thought—recognizable today as extractivism, eco-feminism, Amerindian ontologies, and so forth—can be traced back through the centuries to the earliest colonial period, when Europeans first described the Americas as an edenic “New World” and appropriated the bodies of enslaved Indians and Africans to exploit its natural bounty.

About the Author


JENNIFER FRENCH is a professor of Spanish at Williams College. She is the author of Nature, Neo-Colonialism, and the Spanish-American Regional Writers.

GISELA HEFFES is an associate professor of Latin American literature and culture at Rice University. She has published two monographs and four novels in Spanish.

Praise For…


“This book brings together for the first time in English a cornucopia of vital writings about the environmental politics and art of Latin America. French and Heffes have compiled a volume of remarkable intellectual, geographic, and historical reach. The Latin American Ecocultural Reader will prove transformative in many, many classrooms. It will also become an indispensable text for environmental humanities scholars.” —Rob Nixon, author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor 
 

“Part anthology, part critical exploration, the collection is an excellent pedagogical tool for the environmental humanities that should delight Latin Americanists and ecocritics alike.” —Maria Alessandra Woolson, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Product Details
ISBN: 9780810142640
ISBN-10: 0810142643
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2020
Pages: 376
Language: English