Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks

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BrownTrout, 1994 - Nature - 248 pages
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Big Mouth is about modern Amazonia. It is also about the intense and frequently fetishistic and myth-ridden coverage which Amazonia has received in recent years.

University of London lecturer Stephen Nugent first went to Amazonia in 1975 and has returned many times since. His interest is in the real Amazonia, not the unspoiled nature preserve of first world poseurs nor the bottomless well of natural resources dreamt of by urban Brazilians. It's a place where people live trapped between a neo-colonial present and a post-colonial future where only high-minded outsiders know what is best for them.

In Big Mouth, Amazonia is visually represented not by photographs, but through the gaze of Humphrey Ocean who, fragilely armed with nib, pen and pad, pursued his distinctive agenda. Ocean lives in London and is a painter with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and the London and Royal Library, Windsor Castle.

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Originally published in England in 1990, this travel book also concerns the anthropology and sociology of the Amazon region of Brazil, particularly Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon, and Santarem ... Read full review

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Stephen Nugent is professor of anthropology and director of the Centre for Visual Anthropology at the Goldsmith's College, University of London. He has done fieldwork in Brazil since the 1970s. He is author of five books on the Amazon, elite culture, and cultural studies and a member of the Critique of Anthropology editorial collective.

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