Decrecimiento o barbarie: ecocrítica y capitalismo global en la novela futurista española reciente

  • Luis I Prádanos Westminster College, Utah
Keywords: Recent Futuristic Spanish Novel, Degrowth, Global Capitalism, Ecocriticism, Novela futurista española reciente, decrecimiento, capitalismo global, ecocrítica

Abstract

     This essay analyzes three futuristic Spanish novels published in 2011 from an ecocritical perspective. The three works are critical dystopias and depict future scenarios in which the current social and ecological crisis has arrived to unsustainable extremes. These futures would be the result of continuing with the logic of constant economic growth in the context of a limited biosphere. Thus, this essay reveals, deploying degrowth theory, how these novels imply a criticism to the unsustainable global capitalism and an invitation to the reader to question its legitimacy. 

 

Resumen

 

     El presente ensayo analiza desde una perspectiva ecocrítica tres novelas de anticipación publicadas en España en el año 2011. Las tres obras son distopías críticas y representan escenarios futuros en los que la crisis ecológica y social actual ha llegado a extremos insostenibles. Dichos futuros serían el resultado de continuar con la lógica del crecimiento económico constante en el marco de una biosfera limitada. Así, el ensayo pone de manifiesto, desde un marco teórico decrecentista, el modo en que las tres novelas suponen una crítica a la insostenibilidad del capitalismo global e invitan al lector a cuestionar su legitimidad.

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Author Biography

Luis I Prádanos, Westminster College, Utah

Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah). His research primarily focuses on different narrative media in the 21st Century. His most current interests are ecological economics and political ecology, network and systems theory, digital culture, global studies, posthumanism, and ecocritical theory. Luis published several book chapters and numerous articles in academic journals such as Letras Peninsulares, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Confluencia, Gestos, CiberLetras or Monographic Review. He is currently working on a book project, Spanish Ecocritical Theories and Practices. The idea stems from a combination of his background in systems and network theory with his current research on ecological economics and political ecology.

Published
2012-10-19
Section
The Invention of Eco-Futures