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Colombia's Forgotten FrontierA Literary Geography of the Putumayo$
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Lesley Wylie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319747

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319747.001.0001

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Geographies of violence: war reporting, 1990–2012

Geographies of violence: war reporting, 1990–2012

(p.19) Chapter One Geographies of violence: war reporting, 1990–2012
Colombia's Forgotten Frontier

Lesley Wylie

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the widespread view of geography as one of the principal causes of political violence in Colombia. It engages, in particular, with the trope of abandonment and the representation of the Putumayo as a landscape of fear throughout recent war reporting on the activities of the FARC and Paramilitaries. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the macabre in contemporary journalism on the Putumayo, and connects this to similar images from the period of the Rubber Boom.

Keywords:   war reporting, landscapes of fear, FARC, paramilitaries

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