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Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks – Rewriting the Tropics in the novela de la selva - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks: Rewriting the Tropics in the novela de la selva

Lesley Wylie


The vision of the South American rainforest as a wilderness of rank decay, poisonous insects and bloodthirsty ‘savages’ in the Spanish American novela de la selva has often been interpreted as a belated imitation of European travel literature. This book offers a new reading of the genre by arguing that, far from being derivative, the novela de la selva re-imagined the tropics from a Latin American perspective, redefining tropical landscape aesthetics and ethnography through parodic rewritings of European perceptions of Amazonia in fictional and factual travel writing. The book explores how wri ... More

Keywords: South American rainforest, novela de la selva, savages, tropical ethnography, parody, national identity, literary identity, European travel writing, decay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311956
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315220


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley Wylie, author