Saturday, March 23, 2024

Pg. 99: Jessica Carey-Webb's "Eyes on Amazonia"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Eyes on Amazonia: Transnational Perspectives on the Rubber Boom Frontier by Jessica Carey-Webb.

About the book, from the publisher:
The Amazon extends across nine countries, encompasses forty percent of South America, and hosts four European languages and more than three hundred Indigenous languages and cultures. Eyes on Amazonia is a fascinating exploration of how Latin American, European, and US intellectuals imagined and represented the Amazon region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This multifaceted study, which draws on a range of literary and nonliterary texts and visual sources, examines the complex ways that race, gender, mobility, empire, modernity, and personal identity have indelibly shaped how the region was and is seen. In doing so, the book argues that representations of the Amazon as a region in need of the civilizing influence of colonialism and modernization served to legitimize and justify imperial control.

Eyes on Amazonia operates in cultural geography, ecocriticism, and visual cultural analysis. The diverse and intriguing documents and images examined in this book capture the modernizing project of this region at a crucial juncture in its long history: the early twentieth-century rubber boom.
Learn more about Eyes on Amazonia at the Vanderbilt University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Eyes on Amazonia.

--Marshal Zeringue