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ERIC Number: EJ910371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Swallowed: Political Ecology and Environmentalism in the Spanish American "Novela de la Selva"
DeVries, Scott
Hispania, v93 n4 p535-546 Dec 2010
In this paper, I begin with the identification of a moment of intertextuality between "Un viejo que leia novelas de amor" (1989) by Chilean Luis Sepulveda and "La voragine" (1924) by Colombian Jose Eustasio Rivera as an analytical motif for a reevaluation of the environmentalism and political ecologies in the Spanish American "novela de la selva" tradition. I find that many of the well-established titles from the genre utilize a discourse of political ecology that can be characterized by its appeals to agents of the state. However, I propose a countertradition in the "novela de la selva" genre that expresses aspects of environmentalism such as the principles of "deep ecology," the role of emotion in nature protectionism, conservationism, the rights of nonhuman nature, etc. These works are precursors to the literary environmentalism of Sepulveda's novel and deserve a place in the canon of the "novela de la selva". Furthermore, they anticipate and inform the environmentalism of Spanish American literature in particular and, as such, ought to be considered an essential element of environmentalist discourse in general, especially if that movement wishes to include local perspectives on such a globally important ecological asset as the Amazonian "selva". (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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