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Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America (New World Studies)


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Anderson (Latin American literature and culture, the U. of Georgia) draws on ideas such as social marginalization, political and cultural geography, and the social construction of risk to analyze the political implications of the response to four natural disasters in Latin America from 1930 through the present. An introduction addresses general theoretical issues of the conceptual relationship between nature and disaster, how disaster is defined through narrative, and why disaster narratives have powerful political implications. Separate chapters are devoted to four natural disasters and responses: Cyclone San Zenón of 1930 and Trujillo's rewriting of the Dominican Republic; drought and the literary constructions of risk in northeastern Brazil; explosive nationalism and the disastered subject in Central American literature on volcanic eruptions; and the politics of the narration of Mexico's 1985 earthquake. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Anderson, Mark D.
University of Virginia Press
Literature-A to Z
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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » General
History and Social Science » Social Science » Disasters and Disaster Relief
History and Social Science » World History » General

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