New Directions in Latino American Cultures

Plant Theory in Amazonian Literature

Authors: Duchesne Winter, Juan

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  • Reaches beyond anecdotic and identity-bound attention accorded to Amazon studies and criticism of indigenous literature in general, in order to incorporate them not only as objects of high theory and speculative reflection but also as loci and subjects producing theory relevant to pressing contemporary issues
  • Situates Plant Theory and related research in the concrete and also highly symbolical, contentious scenario of postcolonial conflict and ecological exigencies of the Amazon
  • Showcases paradigm-shifting works and discussions from Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, César Calvo, Pedro Favaron, and Emanuele Coccia that until now have received marginal recognition in the Latin Americanist humanities
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This book discusses new developments of plant studies and plant theory in the humanities and compares them to the exceptionally robust knowledge about plant life in indigenous traditions practiced to this day in the Amazonian region. Amazonian thinking, in dialogue with the thought of Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Emanuele Coccia and others, can serve to bring plant theory in the humanities beyond its current focus on how the organic existence of plants is projected into culture. Contemporary Amazonian indigenous literature takes us beyond conventional theory and into the unsuspected reaches of vegetal networks. It shows that what matters about plants are not just their strictly biological and ecological projections, but the manner in which they interact with multiple species and cultural actors in continuously shifting bodies and points of view, by becoming-other, and fashioning a natural and social diplomacy in which humans participate along with non-humans.

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Juan R. Duchesne Winter is professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. His previous books on Amazonian literature and philosophy are Caribe, Caribana: cosmografías literarias (2015), and Invitación al Baile del Muñeco. Máscara, pensamiento y territorio en el Amazonas (2017).

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plant Theory in Amazonian Literature
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Latino American Cultures
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18107-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18107-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18106-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 103
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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