Call for Proposal for Edited Volume: Fluvial Discourses in Spanish American and Latin American Literature
Rivers Run Through It: Fluvial Discourses in Spanish American and Latin American Literature
Call for contributions to an edited book on the notion of rivers as discursive watersheds of discontent
Editors: Ana María Mutis and Elizabeth Pettinaroli
Deadline for proposals: Friday December 15th, 2010
Extensive work has been undertaken on the representation of nature in Spanish American literature, yet scholars have accorded relatively little attention to discourses relating to the depiction of rivers. Commonly, studies on the natural world have concentrated on historical, geographical, and proto-ethnographic approaches to the texts. According to the tenets of description in classical rhetoric, rivers are to be praised according to their “pleasure and utility”. Defying literary expectations, writers in the Hispanic world turn flowing waters into sites of contemplation and debate about the human, the natural, and the collective experiences brought by new worlds. This volume seeks to explore some of the problems and opportunities offered by figuring the river as a discursive watershed of discontent in notions of self and world, from the early chronicles of the “discovery” of the New World to present day narratives. We seek collaborations that combine diverse theoretical approaches to the study of Spanish American and Latin American texts, based on a solid historical foundation. The volume will bring together contributions that explore the use of the river as a trope, its discursive articulations, and its continued transformation from the sixteenth-century to the present.
Please submit a 2-3 page proposal and 2 page CV single space in English, MS Word, Times New Roman.
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