Ecocritical Approaches to Amazonian Writings

 

In this book project I focus on texts that depict the Amazon river basin, a region known for its biodiversity that is being threatened by extractivist industries and large-scale forest fires.I begin by analyzing the accounts of travels in the area by early Spanish and Portuguese explorers and missionaries; I subsequently turn to portrayals of the region by North European naturalists, who emphasized the scientific significance of local fauna and flora; I then discuss the so-called “jungle novel,” which flourished during the first half of the 20th century; in the end of the study, I examine portrayals of the territory from the mid-20th century onwards by authors, filmmakers and artists who were heavily influenced by environmentalist thought. The book aims to assess what texts about the Amazon reveal about the Western relationship towards the environment from early Modernity to our days.