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Naturalezas sin tierra: literatura y paisaje en América Latina (1845-1942)

Obando Orozco, Andrés Ernesto (2023) Naturalezas sin tierra: literatura y paisaje en América Latina (1845-1942). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In light of the processes of national construction and capitalist modernization that took place in Latin America over the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, this dissertation examines how lettered urban elites codified and organized their relationship with three representative ecosystems of the region: Amazon rainforest, Peruvian Highlands, and Argentine pampas. Specifically, and through an extensive review of the literature produced between 1842 and 1942, I show how the incorporation of these three forms of "nature" within national and market spaces in the form of landscapes required the attribution of specific temporalities based on their aesthetic, economic, social, cultural, or ecological values. As a result, the Amazonian landscape becomes a mere reserve, an agricultural frontier to be exploited in the near future. Meanwhile, Peruvian highlands come to assume the form of a ruinous landscape whose cultural and ecological values lie in its past, but not in its current conditions. The Argentine pampas, finally, embodies the permanent contradiction between the future and the past, between the hope of transforming the pampas into a productive landscape and the longing for the romanticized days in which the pampas were something more than land for cows.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Obando Orozco, Andrés Ernestoaeobandoo@pitt.eduaeo190000-0003-0148-6201
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorBalderston, Danieldbalder@pitt.edudbalder
Committee MemberDuchesne-Winter,, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduDuchesne
Committee MemberLamana, Gonzalolamana@pitt.edulamana
Committee MemberWylie,
Date: 10 May 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 December 2022
Approval Date: 10 May 2023
Submission Date: 4 February 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 387
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: paisaje, literatura, ecosistemas, Amazonia, Andes, Pampas, humanidades ambientales
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 16:24
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 16:24


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