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Hispanic Urban Studies

The Dystopian Imagination in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film

Authors: Palardy, Diana

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  • Serves as the first book-length publication dedicated exclusively to Spanish dystopias
  • Examines sociocultural issues within a literary context including consumerism, immigration, financial crises, precarity, and political resistance
  • Focuses on spatial compositions within discussed works
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About this book

This study examines contemporary Spanish dystopian literature and films (in)directly related to the 2008 financial crisis from an urban cultural studies perspective. It explores culturally-charged landscapes that effectively convey the zeitgeist and reveal deep-rooted anxieties about issues such as globalization, consumerism, immigration, speculation, precarity, and political resistance (particularly by Indignados [Indignant Ones] from the 15-M Movement). The book loosely traces the trajectory of the crisis, with the first part looking at texts that underscore some of the behaviors that indirectly contributed to the crisis, and the remaining chapters focusing on works that directly examine the crisis and its aftermath. This close reading of texts and films by Ray Loriga, Elia Barceló, Ion de Sosa, José Ardillo, David Llorente, Eduardo Vaquerizo, and Ricardo Menéndez Salmón offers insights into the creative ways that these authors and directors use spatial constructions to capture the dystopian imagination.

About the authors

Diana Q Palardy is Associate Professor of Spanish at Youngstown State University, USA. She has published articles in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Romance Notes, España Contemporánea, and Revista Chilena de Literatura. She is on the steering committee of the Society for Utopian Studies.

Reviews

“This is a penetrating study of a fast-growing, increasingly topical genre which reflects the malaise of contemporary Spain and the wider world. Concentrating on the period since the 2008 financial crisis, Palardy surveys the most important instances of dystopian expression, and gives a lively sense of the dominant themes which have emerged. This is also an excellent starting-point for anyone interested in comparative dystopian literary studies.” (Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

“We needed Diana Q Palardy’s book. Her investigation has all the features of a good study; it is rigorous, eclectic, and stimulating, with a clear-headed theoretical base applied wisely to particular novels. She also clarifies and develops an essential subject of our time that is in most urgent need of critical inquiry. She provides Spanish readers, novelists and essayists with a place from which we can move forward.” (Fernando Ángel Moreno, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

“Palardy’s book is an invaluable contribution to the study on how the 2008 Great Recession has been reflected in the literature of Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the latest economic crisis and the subsequent austerity measures. This crisis has brought about a high number of dystopias (both filmic and literary) denouncing the crisis and its causes, as well as speculating about its present and anticipated social and human costs. Some representative examples are discussed in an illuminating way not only for Spain, but for any other country having suffered the same ordeal. In doing this, the author has produced a highly accurate and readable account showing how dystopian texts can transcend local and temporary circumstances to have universal appeal, especially considering that dystopia is now a significant mode of fiction, in Spain and elsewhere.” (Mariano Martín Rodríguez, HISTOPIA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-27

    Palardy, Diana Q.

  • The Path to Voluntary Confinement: Dystopian Spaces of Consumerism in Ray Loriga’s Tokio ya no nos quiere

    Pages 29-64

    Palardy, Diana Q.

  • Grafting the Global North onto the Global South: Dystopian Transhumanism in Elia Barceló’s “Mil euros por tu vida”

    Pages 65-107

    Palardy, Diana Q.

  • The Architecture of Avarice in Ion de Sosa’s Sueñan los androides or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Economic Crisis and Love the Sheep

    Pages 109-147

    Palardy, Diana Q.

  • Sensescapes of Precarity in El salario del gigante by José Ardillo, Madrid: frontera by David Llorente, and Nos mienten by Eduardo Vaquerizo

    Pages 149-181

    Palardy, Diana Q.

Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92885-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92884-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06539-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dystopian Imagination in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film
Authors
Series Title
Hispanic Urban Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92885-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92885-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92884-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06539-3
Series ISSN
2662-5830
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 235
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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