Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies

Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative

National Territory, National Literature

Authors: Madan, Aarti Smith

  • Represents the first systematic examination of the relationship between literature and geography in Latin American narrative
  • Makes an intervention not only in geocriticism and spatial studies, but also ecocriticism, an ever more important field
  • Examines the relations of cartography to environmental collapse
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This book looks to the writings of prolific statesmen like D.F. Sarmiento, Estanislao Zeballos, and Euclides da Cunha to unearth the literary and political roots of the discipline of geography in nineteenth-century Latin America. Tracing the simultaneous rise of text-writing, map-making, and institution-building, it offers new insight into how nations consolidated their territories. Beginning with the titanic figures of Strabo and Humboldt, it rereads foundational works like Facundo and Os sertões as examples of a recognizably geographical discourse.  The book digs into lesser-studied bulletins, correspondence, and essays to tell the story of how three statesmen became literary stars while spearheading Latin America’s first geographic institutes, which sought to delineate the newly independent states. Through a fresh pairing of literary analysis and institutional history, it reveals that words and maps—literature and geography—marched in lockstep to shape national territories, identities, and narratives.

About the authors

Aarti Smith Madan is Associate Professor of Spanish and International Studies in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, where she also serves as Director of the Buenos Aires Project Center. She was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

Reviews

“From Facundo to Os Sertões, Aarti Smith Madan reads the great works of the Latin American tradition in a spatial key to show, between lines, the aesthetic that underlies the geographical imagination of an entire continent. The Lines of Geography reconstructed by Madan go from texts to the world, from literature to science and politics, to literally carve through the real. A tremendous, well-documented study that is very entertaining to read.” (Fermín Rodríguez, National Scientific and Research Council (CONICET), author of Un desierto para la nación: la escritura del vacío, Argentina)

“In Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative, Aarti Smith Madan explores the cartographic impulse propelling nineteenth-century criollos in their efforts to appropriate their newly independent national territories as their own. A new geographical discourse emerges that surveys the land through text and map. Madan’s exquisite readings of classics like Sarmiento and da Cunha features the aesthetic qualities of their writings as integral to a fin-de-siècle geographical imagination and hence to Latin America’s entry into modernity.” (Adriana Méndez Rodenas, author of Transatlantic Travels in Nineteenth-Century Latin America: European Women Pilgrims, Professor of Spanish and Director of Afro-Romance Institute, University of Missouri, USA)

“Madan’s monograph is a fascinating and well-executed study of two major figures of Argentine narrative and one Brazilian figure of the latter half of the 19th century whose work is fundamental to the project of nation building in Argentina and Brazil and the forging of national cultural imaginaries. Yet despite their significantly different political history, the two countries are brought into parallel focus by the importance of geographical studies. Geography cuts an interdisciplinary swath here. Yet no one has analyzed in detail all of the scientific principles of geography present in their work in the way in which Madan has done.” (David William Foster, Regents’ Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Heretofore: Delineation

    Madan, Aarti Smith

    Pages 1-28

  • Geographical Discourse and Alexander Von Humboldt

    Madan, Aarti Smith

    Pages 29-76

  • Sarmiento the Geographer: Unearthing the Literary in Facundo

    Madan, Aarti Smith

    Pages 77-126

  • Estanislao Severos Zeballos and the Transatlantic Science of Statecraft

    Madan, Aarti Smith

    Pages 127-185

  • Euclides da Cunha’s Literary Map, or Including Os Sertões

    Madan, Aarti Smith

    Pages 187-247

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eBook £71.50
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Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55139-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative
Book Subtitle
National Territory, National Literature
Authors
Series Title
Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55140-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55140-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55139-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 291
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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