Intimate Frontiers

A Literary Geography of the Amazon

Edited by Felipe Martínez-Pinzón and Javier Uriarte

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ISBN: 9781786941831

Publication: April 30, 2019

Series: American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography 6

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.

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.

1. Introduction: Intimate Frontiers
Javier Uriarte and Felipe Martínez-Pinzón

2. The Jungle Like a Sunday at Home’: Rafael Uribe Uribe, Miguel Triana and the Nationalization of the Amazon
Felipe Martínez-Pinzón

3. Hildebrando Fuentes’s Peruvian Amazon: National Integration and Capital in the Jungle
Cristóbal Cardemil-Krauze

4. Contested Frontiers: On Cartographical Knowledge and Power in Euclides da Cunha’s Amazonian Texts
Cinthya Torres

5. Splendid testemunhos’: Bodily Pain and Pleasure in Roger Casement’s Black Diaries
Javier Uriarte

6. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The cauchero of the Amazonian Rubber Groves
Leopoldo M. Bernucci

7. Endless Stories: Perspectivism and Narrative Form in Native Amazonian Literature
Lúcia Sá

8. ‘Malarial Philosophy’: the Modernist Amazonia of Mário de Andrade
André Botelho and Nísia Trindade Lima

9. The Politics of Vegetating in Arturo Burga Freitas's Mal de gente
Lesley Wylie

10. Filming Modernity in the Tropics: the Amazon, Walt Disney, and the Antecedents of Modernization Theory
Barbara Weinstein

10. The ‘Western Baptism’ of Yurupary: Reception and Rewriting of an Amazonian Foundational Myth
Rike Bolte

11. “Photography, Inoperative Ethnography, Naturalism: On Sharon Lockhart’s Amazon Project”
Alejandro Quin

12. Nostalgia and Mourning in Milton Hatoum’s Órfãos do Eldorado
Charlotte Rogers

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

304 Pages

12 B&W illustrations

ISBN: 9781786941831

Publication: April 30, 2019

Series: American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography 6

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