Edited by Evelyn Fishburn & Eduardo L. Ortiz . Published 2005. ISBN 9781900039611
This collection considers relations between the humanities and the sciences in a Latin American context. The geographical emphasis is important given the prominent role of science in the formation of the nation-states in Latin America and its strong presence in the cultural output of the area. However, it the issue has yet to be addressed systematically. Most of the chapters are concerned with fictional narratives and scientific discourses. Questions of consent resistance and ideology in both fields are considered along with their semiotic complexity. The historical study of interplays between science and the novel both allows us to identify what was expected to be believed at a given point in time and offers insights into how this belief was sustained. It provides insight into the connection between individual self-understanding and the surrounding world of science within the broader question of the place of science in the Latin American cultural imaginary.