Endless stories: perspectivism and narrative form

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In dialogue with Eduardo Viveiros de Castro's debates on 'perspectivism', this article attempts to answer the following question: if Amazonian Amerindian thought is based on another ontology – an ontology that promotes the idea that all animals are (or have been) potentially human, and which privileges difference rather than identity – wouldn’t the Amazonian way of telling stories, i.e. their narrative form, be necessarily different as well? The article focuses on three native Amazonian stories that narrate marriages between humans and members of other species.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntimate Frontiers
Subtitle of host publicationA Literary Geography of the Amazon.
EditorsJavier Uriarte, Felipe Martínez-Pinzón
Place of PublicationLiverpool
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781786941831
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameAmerican Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography
PublisherLiverpool University Press


  • perspectivism
  • native Amazonian literature
  • narrative
  • narrative form


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