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Hispanic Ecocriticism


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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Natalia Álvarez Méndez is Tenured Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Universidad de León. She has published Espacios narrativos (2002) y Palabras desencadenadas. Aproximación a la teoría literaria postcolonial y a la escritura hispano-negroafricana (2010) and a number of articles and book chapters. As the director of the research group Grupo de Estudios Multitextuales de lo Insólito y Perspectivas de Género (EMIPG) of the Universidad de León, she has coordinated two editions on this field of research, Espejismos de la realidad. Percepciones de lo insólito en la literatura española (siglos XIX-XXI) (2015) and Territorios de la imaginación. Poéticas ficcionales de lo insólito en España y México (2016).

Arturo Arias is Professor and distinguished John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair at the University of California, Merced. After spending most of the 1980s writing, teaching, and conducting research in Mexico, Arias became a professor at San Francisco State University, where he earned acclaim for his fiction writing. Later, at the University of Texas at Austin, he gained further recognition for his research and scholarly writing, and in 2013, he was named the Tomás Rivera Professor of Spanish Language and Literature. Most recently, Arias has focused his research on the indigenous people of Guatemala and Mexico and the ways in which they are rising to prominence and gaining political and academic influence in Central American society. Arturo Arias has also written seven...

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