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Futuristic Narratives and the Crisis of Place

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035468.003.0005
Futuristic Narratives and the Crisis of Place

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This chapter on futuristic fiction considers two texts that draw from the rich history of Latin America to condemn environmental degradation, political corruption, and the disintegration of human communities during the present time. It tries to highlight the present-day realities considered by the two novelists, Homero Aridjis and Gioconda Belli, in projecting them forward in time to form the base of the argument that the final outcome of modernization is finally a failed society prevailing in a devastated landscape.

Keywords: modernity; futuristic narratives; Homero Aridjis; Gioconda Belli; modernization; landscape; Latin America; environmental degradation; political corruption

Chapter.  10132 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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