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Hispanic Ecocriticism

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Edited By José Manuel Marrero Henríquez

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 forests 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 eco-science fiction, in dystopias, and in literature inspired by natural or rural landscapes that conceal ways of life and cultures in peril of extinction.

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Beatriz Rivera-Barnes: Sadder Tropics: The Hate of Nature in Juan José Saer’s El entenado and Dorian Fernández-Moris’s film Desaparecer

Sadder Tropics: The Hate of Nature in Juan

José Saer’s El entenado and Dorian Fernández-

Moris’s film Desaparecer

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Beatriz Rivera-Barnes

Abstract: Why refer to the hate of nature? Why read hate into Saer’s narrative and into a 2015 Peruvian film with relatively negative reviews? “Do we need hate?” the ethnolinguist James Underhill asks before coming to the conclusion that hate can no longer be simply denounced and stored away in a category for negative emotions, that it must be engaged as a concept. “I hate nature” is the title of a short piece by Dr. Martha Schwartz, a professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. “I hate spiders. I hate earthquakes. I hate genetic diseases and AIDS. Nature is dirty”. Hating nature can also evoke the destruction of the air, oceans, rivers, animals, trees, climate, and ozone. The two terms, hate and hatred, have numerous synonyms: animosity, aversion, repugnance, loathing, odium, execration, and anger, just to name a few. Then there are some efforts at establishing distinctions. While anger is sudden, hatred is lingering. While anger is directed at people, hatred can be felt for people, things, actions, perhaps even places. According to The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus repugnance applies to that which one feels when summoned to do something from which one instinctively draws back, whereas aversion is the turning away of the feeling or the mind from a person or things. The hate or the hatred of nature can entail repugnance toward an uncharted and dangerous wilderness, toward blood, relentless swamps, headless cadavers, the smell of human flesh cooking on the grill, putrefaction, filth, birth, death,...

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