Intimate Frontiers

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Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon analyzes the ways in which the Amazon has been represented in twentieth century cultural production. With contributions by scholars working in Latin America, the US and Europe, Intimate Frontiers reads against the grain commonly held notions about the region —its gigantism, its richness, its exceptionality, among other— choosing to approach these rather from quotidian, everyday experiences of a more intimate nature. The multinational, pluriethnic corpus of texts critically examined here, explores a wide range of cultural artifacts including travelogues, diaries, and novels about the rubber boom genocide, as well as indigenous oral histories, documentary films, and photography about the region. The different voices gathered in this book show that the richness of the Amazon lays not in its natural resources or opportunities for economic exploit, but in the richness of its histories/stories in the form of songs, oral histories, images, material culture, and texts.

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Felipe Martínez-Pinzón is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. Javier Uriarte is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures9
A Note on Translations10
1. Introduction. Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon13
2. The Jungle Like a Sunday at Home: Rafael Uribe Uribe, Miguel Triana, and the Nationalization of the Amazon35
3. Hildebrando Fuentes’s Peruvian Amazon: National Integration and Capital in the Jungle57
4. Contested Frontiers: Territory and Power in Euclides da Cunha’s Amazonian Texts79
5. ‘Splendid testemunhos’: Documenting Atrocities, Bodies, and Desire in Roger Casement’s Black Diaries100
6. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Cauchero of the Amazonian Rubber Groves125
7. Endless Stories: Perspectivism and Narrative Form in Native Amazonian Literature140
8. Malarial Philosophy: The Modernista Amazonia of Mário de Andrade162
9. The Politics of Vegetating in Arturo Burga Freitas’s Mal de gente189
10. Filming Modernity in the Tropics: The Amazon, Walt Disney, and the Antecedents of Modernization Theory205
11. The Western ‘Baptism’ of Yurupary: Reception and Rewritings of an Amazonian Foundational Myth220
12. Photography, Inoperative Ethnography, Naturalism: On Sharon Lockhart’s Amazon Project239
13. Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado260
Editors and Contributors279