Speculative Ecology: Huidobro, Parra, Zurita and Chile’s Pacific Futures

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This article traces a neglected form of ecopoetics in Chilean literature, arguing that attention to the speculative ecological visions of poets traditionally associated with the avant-garde, like Vicente Huidobro, Nicanor Parra, and Raúl Zurita, can enrich discussions in the global blue humanities. Unlike the land-based “mestizo ecopoetics” (Casals) identified in the work of Chilean writers such as Gabriela Mistral, in the works of Huidobro, Parra, and Zurita, marine environments appear as spaces for experimentation with possible futures. Understanding this work as a form of speculative ecology permits a fuller view of the history of oceanic futures in the hemispheric Americas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMLN Hispanic Issue
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Feb 2024

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  • Centre for Environmental Humanities


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