Prof. Pettinaroli Publishes New Book on Treatment of Rivers in Latin American Literature

Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination, edited by Dr. Elizabeth Pettinaroli, assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes, with Ana María Mutis, was published in April by University of Minnesota Press as part of its influential Hispanic Issues Online series.

Troubled Waters examines how writers have transformed flowing waters into sites of contemplation and contestation—the ways in which, across four centuries, literary treatments of rivers have questioned and refashioned the historical, geographic, and literary foundations of the colonial Spanish American and modern Latin American imaginaries.

Until now, no book had attempted to make sense of this topic across the chronological and spatial expanse of the region, according to Pettinaroli.

At Rhodes, Pettinaroli′s research interests include Hispanic culture and language, early modern/colonial literature, invention of global worlds, space and place, visual culture, cartography and literature.