Climate and Literature: Reflections of Environment

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Janet Pérez, Wendell M. Aycock
Texas Tech University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 134 pages
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With the rise of a succession of sophisticated approaches that largely disregard literature's traditional role as a mirror of life, climate and other environmental factors have been generally disregarded in the interpretation of literary texts during recent decades. For that reason, it is only fitting that the climatological dimension be re-explored after a forty-year hiatus."Climate and Literature embraces a significant revision of the original telluric "notions" about the determinist relationship between climate and the attitudes and behavior of literary characters set in particular surroundings. In place of such vague notions, we find within these pages interesting and stimulating examples of true applied science and contemporary literary theory that more often than not treat literary depiction of climate not so much as a reflection of influence of particular geographic environments, but as a powerful symbol for psychological or textural processes undergone by the novels' characters, narrators or readers."—Dr. Thomas Franz, Ohio State University.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Clash of the Lasting and the Catastrophic in the Odes of Horace
7
Climate as Science and Metaphor in the Writings of Jehuda Halevi
19
Astral and Tidal Phenomena Earthquake Prediction and the Astronomical Clock of Juan de Barrenechea
29
Zolas Uses of Climate in The Land
43
The Role of Climate in Twentieth Century Spanish American Fiction
55
The Endless Rains of Death and Desolation in Garcia Marquezs Short Stories
65
Creating an Atmosphere Depiction of Climate in the Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
73
The Weather as A Story Element in Four Short Works from Latin America
83
Heat Water and Stars in Pedro Paramo
89
The Physical and Moral Climate of Puigs AntiUtopia
99
Influence of Climate on the Cultures of the Jungle as Perceived by Two Latin American Novelists
107
Climate and Identity in the Literature of the French Antilles
115
AfroCuban Culture Ecology and Climate in La comparsa by Felipe Pichardo Moya
123
Notes on the Authors
131
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