Special Issue on Latin American Literature
and the Environment

Ometeca Vol. 16 cover

Excerpt from Preface by Guest Editor:

“The goal of this volume on Latin American Literature and the Environment is to provide our readers with multiple approaches to the Latin American landscape. In the spirit of Ometeca, authors were invited to explore the many connections between the humanities and the sciences. Each and every one of the essays presented here can be considered a unique way of scrutinizing specific ecological implications and the relationship between man and nature, or nature and culture, in a text. Some of the questions involved in the papers compiled in this volume are: How does a text represent the physical world? What moral questions are raised relative to man’s interaction with nature? How does a text bring the reader’s awareness to a specific ecosystem? The hope is that such an approach will prove that deforestation and pollution are tangible and measurable realities, shed light on how to preserve the remaining forests, control or curve pollution, promote conservation, and also contribute to a dialogue between the arts and the sciences.

Again, this has been a most rewarding experience for me. I am  looking  forward to . . . all further opportunities  to contribute to Ometeca’s various scholarly endeavors.”

— Beatriz Rivera-Barnes, Penn State University


Amazonian El Dorados and the Nation: Euclides da Cunha’s À Margem da História and José Eustasio Rivera’s La Vorágine, by Rex P. Nielson: p. 16

Negotiating Colonial Roots and Gendered Places: Machismo and Feminism in Esmeralda Santiago’s América’s Dream, by Alison Van Nyhuis: p. 32

Houssay, canon literario argentino, by Ariel Barrios Medina: p. 57

“Scientific American”: Histories, Fictions, and Representations, by Sam Smiley: p. 95

Teaching Realism in the Age of Second Life, by Dale J. Pratt: p. 108

Marrying Old and New, by Harriet Turner: p. 113

“The Corrected Pessimist”: Reading Ramón y Cajal as Real through Second Life, by Juan Carlos Martín: p. 117

21st-Century Second Life and the 19th-Century Urtext, or Virtual Reality and Illustrated Narrative: What Aristotle Might Have Said, by Stephen Miller: p. 122

Literary Realism, On and Off the Grid (Teaching Realism in the Age of Second Life®), by Hazel Gold : p. 125

Uncertainty, Models, Environment, And Effective Answers to Environmental Deterioration, by Teresa Kwiatkowska and Wojciech Szatzschneider: p. 131

Don Quijote and Second Lifen, by Kevin S. Larsen: p. 146

Nuevos escenarios para la educación y el aprendizaje, by Cristina M. Pogliani, Nora Okulik, and Alicia H. Jubert: p. 152

Don Juan versus Bacteriology: Competing Narrative Explanations of the 1918-19 “Spanish” Flu Epidemic in Spain, by Ryan Davis: p. 171

El lugar de las humanidades en la educación superior: la propuesta de José Ingenieros, by Cristina Beatriz Fernández: p. 190

El Desarrollo de las Competencias Comunicacionales en la Educación del Ingeniero Industrial, by Eduardo A. Castro: p. 205

Book Review

A Review of Postpoesía. Hacia un nuevo paradigma, by Fernández Mallo. Madrid: Anagrama,year, 2009, 200 p. Reviewed by Luis I. Prádanos, Texas Tech University: p. 230