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Imaginaciones de una pampa alternativa: Multiplicidad y futuro en Distancia de rescate y Las aventuras de la China Iron

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dc.contributor.advisor Michelotti, Graciela Hall, Allison 2021-07-16T21:06:28Z 2021-07-16T21:06:28Z 2021
dc.description.abstract Using a decolonial framework based in ecological and queer values, this thesis analyzes the role of the environment of the pampa intwo contemporary Argentine novels, Distancia de rescate (2014) and Las aventuras de la China Iron (2017). Influential in the creation and development of Argentine national identity, the pampa occupies an important role in the imagination and culture of the country. First exploring the physical and cultural construction of this environment in the nineteenth century, this thesis then examines each of the two novels and how they portray the past, present, and future of the natural space. Distancia de rescate, a terror-ridden novel written by Samanta Schweblin in 2014, presents a dis-futurized vision of today's pampa as having been destroyed, both environmentally and culturally, by the homogenizing imposition of soy monoculture. In the novel, the natural environment is saturated with toxic chemicals which make impossible the characters' escape from contamination and illness, thus removing the possibility of an empathetic future from the landscape. In response to this apocalyptic image of the pampa in the contemporary world, Las aventuras de la China Iron, written by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara in 2017, returns to a foundational poem in the construction of Argentina and its national imagery, El gaucho Martín Fierro (José Hernández, 1872), reorienting it towards the ecological and the queer to create an alternate possibility for the future of the pampa and for Argentine national identity. By proposing alternative historical roots which employ pleasure and multiplicity to open up spatial freedoms, Cabezón Cámara effectively re-futurizes the pampa.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Spanish
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dc.title Imaginaciones de una pampa alternativa: Multiplicidad y futuro en Distancia de rescate y Las aventuras de la China Iron
dc.type Thesis
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