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Hispanic Ecocriticism

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Edited By José Manuel Marrero Henríquez

Hispanic Ecocriticism finds a rich soil in the main topics of environmental concern in the literature of Latin America and Spain, not only as a source for renewing critical analysis and hermeneutics, but also for the benefit of global environmental awareness. In a renewed exchange of transatlantic relationships, Hispanic Ecocriticism intermingles Latin American ecocritical issues of interest — the oil industry; contamination of forests and rivers; urban ecologies; African, Andean, and Amazonian biocultural ecosystems — with those of interest in Spain — animal rights and the ecological footprints of human activity in contemporary narratives of eco-science fiction, in dystopias, and in literature inspired by natural or rural landscapes that conceal ways of life and cultures in peril of extinction.

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Natalia Álvarez Méndez: Subject and Landscape: Encounters with Nature in Contemporary Spanish Narrative

Subject and Landscape: Encounters with

Nature in Contemporary Spanish Narrative

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Natalia Álvarez Méndez

Abstract: As we recognize the evolutionary inflection points of the description of landscapes in our literary tradition, it is worthwhile to consider the trends in current Spanish literature. In the last decades, Spanish narrative has located plots in an indisputably urban environment. Nevertheless, there is a striking number of works that give special attention to the natural landscape, setting out the return to the rural as a response to the crisis, both economic and moral, of our society. The failure of modernity makes us aware of the necessity of reforging bonds with the natural landscape, communal space, and forgotten memory of a vital philosophy. Apart from alluding to renowned authors, such as Julio Llamazares, Luis Mateo Díez, and José María Merino, this study will focus its attention on several titles of a younger generation, such as Belfondo (2011) by Jenn Díaz, Lobisón (2012) by Ginés Sánchez, Intemperie (2013) by Jesús Carrasco, El bosque es grande y profundo (2013) by Manuel Darriba, Por si se va la luz (2013) by Lara Moreno, El niño que robó el caballo de Atila by Iván Repila, and Alabanza (2014) by Alberto Olmos, among many others. On the whole, these novels dissociate the rural from capitalist consumerism. They bring us closer to a return to the origins linked to an existentialism that highlights the prominent relations between man and earth. Additionally, they recover the agricultural landscape, recreate the life in...

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