Deneb Kozikoski researches the attempts at technological modernization and colonization of the Amazon in the 19th century and in the first decades of the 20th century. Her reading of the many nonfictional accounts and images produced by explorers and travelers focuses on the empirical and conceptual challenges of navigation, orientation, and observation of the Amazonian environment. She is a PhD candidate at the Latin American and Iberian Cultures department and Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Her broader theoretical work investigates cosmological and temporal aspects of modernity in Latin American thought and literature.
Read as a narrative of possible reconciliation, Guimarães Rosa's "Third Bank" seems to present a scenario that corroborates modern progression: traditional life in the interior of Brazil is dissolv...