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Knots like Stars

The ABC of Ecological Imagination in our Americas

Author(s): Roberto Forns-Broggi

Book Description

Knots like Stars: The ABCs of the Ecological Imagination in Our Americas is an encyclopedia of essays and aphorisms, at times personal, at times speculative and analytical, that invites readers to understand and enjoy an ecological perspective on Latin American literature and arts. It is simultaneously a summons to join creative forces with the non-human world. Through 43 key, interdependent entries from diverse environmental traditions, writing becomes a meditation on the poetry, films, and visual artistic traditions that sustain life, while opposing the actual destruction of Mesoamerican, Andean, and Amazonian biodiversity.

The book will appeal to all people wanting to understand how poetic, artistic, and critical endeavors can enrich, rather than impoverish, the imperiled world around us. Since the Hispanic population and influence have increased dramatically in recent years, a better understanding of the complexity of this diverse culture will be an important asset for a sustainable and more interconnected future. This book invites its readers to expand their horizons and enjoy connections in order to build a sustainable community by integrating ecological perspectives in literature, film, and other arts.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9459-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9459-1
Date of Publication: 01/08/2016
Pages / Size: 360 / A5
Price: £52.99


Roberto Forns-Broggi is Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA, where he teaches diverse advanced Spanish courses, including Latin American Cinema, and Latin American Essay on Nature. His writings on ecological perspectives applied to literature, art, film and new media investigate Latin American epistemologies and their influence on reading and writing practices. He is currently working on a collection of poems concerning the long-term perspectives of seeds and their implications in the poetic imagination and ecological consciousness.

Karen Rauch is Associate Professor of Spanish at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she teaches nineteenth-century Spanish literature, Caribbean studies, translation and interpreting, and business Spanish. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia, USA, and, in 2014, worked as a participating scholar in the NEH Summer Institute, “The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New Interdisciplinary Scholarship.” The Uncanny Caribbean, her current book project, analyzes the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican authors, such as Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, and Marcio Veloz Maggiolo.