The Mind of Plants
Co-edited with Monica Gagliano and John Ryan
This volume aims to bring innovative plant research from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities to a broad audience both inside and outside academia. The volume is comprised of short essays by a variety of authors—writers, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, biologists, literary and film scholars, and so on—who drafted their texts around a plant of their choice. Essay are organized alphabetically by plant, evoking old herbaria, all the while moving away from their focus on taxonomy. The purpose is to pay tribute to this tradition but subvert its reductionist approach to plant life by highlighting plants’ role as historical, cultural, social and linguistic agents.
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The Environment in Brazilian Culture: Literature, Cinema and the Arts
This edited book project aims to explore the centrality of the environment in shaping Brazilian culture. How have different Brazilian cultural productions depicted nature? In which ways has the environment determined Brazilian literature, cinema, and the arts? How have disparate geographical regions—the Amazon, the Northeast, etc.—been portrayed in Brazilian texts, films and other artworks? What are the Brazilian contributions to current debates on critical plant and animal studies, post-humanism and, more broadly, the environmental humanities? The project brings together a collection of essays that seek to answer some of these questions and to assess the centrality of the environment in shaping Brazilian literature, cinema and the arts.
The Amazon River Basin in Contemporary Latin American Culture
A special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
This special issue explores the representation of the Amazon River Basin in Latin American culture, including literature, cinema and the arts. Spanning nine countries, Amazonia is a key element of the South American natural environment, whose influence can be felt throughout the continent and even in other areas of the globe. Its size, diverse flora and fauna, and relevance in terms of the earth’s biosphere have turned it into an emblem of the natural world. In recent years, the destruction of the rainforest by forest fires, logging, mining, agrobusiness and other extractivist industries has attracted widespread condemnation both within Latin America and abroad. This special issue aims to analyze cultural representations of Amazonia, paying particular attention to evolving depictions of the natural environmental and their impact on our views of the region. Going beyond existing scholarship, potential contributors draw on insights from ecocriticism and, more broadly, from the environmental humanities, to discuss the ways in which portrayals of the Amazon reveal underlying views on nature and, in turn, impact human behavior towards the natural world.