Alterity, Empire, and Nation in Tierra del Fuego

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

in Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035468
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038155 | DOI:
Alterity, Empire, and Nation in Tierra del Fuego

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This chapter takes as its subject a group of twentieth-century Argentine texts that examine the realities of Latin America after independence. This was a critical period when leaders pursuing civilizing agendas pushed up against their own heterogeneous populations and the powerful British empire. Ecological imaginations imbedded in novels written by Iparraguirre, Demitrópulos, and Belgrano Rawson are revealed in this chapter. These ecological imaginations try to bring cultural and environmental change to the foreground of the narrative regarding modernity in Latin America. These novels disclose a convergence of ecological, historical, and political concerns which are considered to be central characteristics of ecological imaginations prevalent in contemporary fiction.

Keywords: Iparraguirre; Demitrópulos; Belgrano Rawson; ecological imaginations; modernity; Latin America; contemporary fiction; Darwin; modern science; twentieth-century Argentine

Chapter.  16145 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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