Utopias of Thought, Dystopias of Space: Science Fiction in Contemporary Peninsular Narrative

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Title:
Utopias of Thought, Dystopias of Space: Science Fiction in Contemporary Peninsular Narrative
Author:
Divine, Susan Marie
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This study serves as an introduction to three recent narratives in Spanish Science Fiction. While this literary genre has long been read in Spain in translation, it is only recently that Sci-Fi has been successful as a popular literature produced by native authors. Álex de la Iglesia, Gabriela Bustelo and Rafael Reig have worked in realist and genre fiction through their careers but chose to use Science Fiction to speak of the rapidly changing space of Madrid. Their criticism is centered on the changes to the physical, social, economic and political landscape of Madrid post-1992. My analysis is based on the works of the geographer David Harvey, among others, which helps to underline the importance of the urbanization of capital and consciousness that the three narratives disentangle. While being three very different texts - one film and two novels -, they all manipulate concerns of time and space to come to a similar conclusion. Their narratives serve as a warning about how the good intentions of humanist theories like feminism or scientific advancement can easily turn into a nightmare by instead serving the needs of capitalism rather than those of social justice.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Dystopia; Madrid; Science Fiction; Spain; Urban Geography; Utopia
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Spanish; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Compitello, Malcolm A.
Committee Chair:
Compitello, Malcolm A.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleUtopias of Thought, Dystopias of Space: Science Fiction in Contemporary Peninsular Narrativeen_US
dc.creatorDivine, Susan Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorDivine, Susan Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study serves as an introduction to three recent narratives in Spanish Science Fiction. While this literary genre has long been read in Spain in translation, it is only recently that Sci-Fi has been successful as a popular literature produced by native authors. Álex de la Iglesia, Gabriela Bustelo and Rafael Reig have worked in realist and genre fiction through their careers but chose to use Science Fiction to speak of the rapidly changing space of Madrid. Their criticism is centered on the changes to the physical, social, economic and political landscape of Madrid post-1992. My analysis is based on the works of the geographer David Harvey, among others, which helps to underline the importance of the urbanization of capital and consciousness that the three narratives disentangle. While being three very different texts - one film and two novels -, they all manipulate concerns of time and space to come to a similar conclusion. Their narratives serve as a warning about how the good intentions of humanist theories like feminism or scientific advancement can easily turn into a nightmare by instead serving the needs of capitalism rather than those of social justice.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectDystopiaen_US
dc.subjectMadriden_US
dc.subjectScience Fictionen_US
dc.subjectSpainen_US
dc.subjectUrban Geographyen_US
dc.subjectUtopiaen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCompitello, Malcolm A.en_US
dc.contributor.chairCompitello, Malcolm A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilliamsen, Amy R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSzumilak, Monikaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10270en_US
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