Hispanic Ecocriticism

Edited by José Manuel Marrero Henríquez. Peter Lang, 2019.

Hispanic Ecocriticism finds a rich soil in the main topics of environmental concern in the literature of Latin America and Spain, not only as a source for renewing critical analysis and hermeneutics but also for the benefit of global environmental awareness. In a renewed exchange of transatlantic relationships, Hispanic Ecocriticism intermingles Latin American ecocritical issues of interest–the oil industry; contamination of forest and rivers; urban ecologies; African, Andean, and Amazonian biocultural ecosystems–with those of interest in Spain–animal rights and the ecological footprints of human activity in contemporary narratives of ecoscience fiction, in dystopias, and in literature inspired by natural or rural landscapes that conceal ways of life and cultures in peril of extinction.

José Manuel Marrero Henríquez is a key figure in Hispanic and European ecocriticism. Poet, writer, essayist, and tenure professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, he has published extensively on landscape and animal representation in literature and on a variety of topics and authors of the Spanish and Latin American literary traditions.

Table of Contents:

Hispanic Ecocritical Theory

  • José Manuel Marrero Henríquez, “Ecocriticism of the Anthropocene and the Poetics of Breathing”
  • Jorge Marcone, “Towards and Amazonian Environmental Humanities”
  • Laura Barbas-Rhoden, “Gendering EcoHispanisms: Knowledge, Gender, and Place in a Pluricultural Latin America”

Spanish Ecocriticism

  • Pamela Phillips, “Enlightening Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Literature”
  • Natalia Álvarez Méndez, “Subject and Landscape: Encounters with Nature in Contemporary Spanish Narrative”

Latin American Ecocriticism

  • Scott DeVries, “The Quiroga Frame: Animal Studies and Spanish American Literature”
  • Arturo Arias, “Indigenous Knowledges and Ecological Thought: Jak’alteko Maya Victor Montejo’s Fables”
  • Beatriz Rivera-Barnes, “Sadder Tropics: The Hate of Nature in Juan José Saer’s El entenado and Dorian Fernández-Moris’s film Desaparecer”
  • Gisela Heffes, “Exclusive Natures: Latin American Cities in Urban Ecocritical Perspectives”
  • Manuel Silva-Ferrer, “Petrofictions: Nature and Imaginaries of Oil in Latin America”