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dc.contributor.advisorEsch, Sophie
dc.contributor.advisorPurdy, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorLosada-Carballares, María
dc.contributor.committeememberVan Buren, Mary
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-28T14:35:18Z
dc.date.available2015-08-28T14:35:18Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.descriptionText in Spanish; title and abstract in English and Spanish.
dc.description2015 Summer.
dc.description.abstractThe yearning to find utopia is a feeling shared by humanity for centuries. Science fiction and futuristic novels –such as Waslala, memorial del futuro by Gioconda Belli and Zombie by Mike Wilson- have been some of the most prominent literary genres to portray that longing. However, most of the novels focus their narrative on dystopias. Both Waslala and Zombie use dystopian elements to portray the present –or past- with the goal of making dystopias disappear in the future. In this essay, the intent is to analyze the representation of dystopia in these futuristic novels, as well as to show how some characters have the ability to build micro-utopias in unfavorable surroundings. Firstly, I will explain why I do not consider Waslala and Zombie to be science fiction novels –a genre in which science and technology are the main elements that maintain the narrative- and are futuristic novels instead. I will also explore the motivation of finding a utopia. In Waslala it starts with the construction of a Latin American identity, as well as with the elimination of impositions from the North and from local dictatorships. In Zombie, on the other hand, some characters are able to build their own utopias thanks to the perception of what surrounds them. However, the depiction of dystopias is what characterizes both novels, especially through the imposition of northern capitalism on the Global South. Consumerism stands out among those capitalist impositions; Wilson criticizes it through the figure of the zombie and Belli denounces it through the representation of Engracia's landfill, for consumerism produces large amounts of garbage, which is sent to the Global South to secure the North's comfort. The authors are therefore providing a social critique, and also appeal to the readers to change their current situation and behavior.
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dc.identifierLosadaCarballares_colostate_0053N_13121.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/167148
dc.languageSpanish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof2000-2019 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectciencia ficción
dc.subjectdistopía
dc.subjectutopía
dc.subjectconsumo
dc.subjectcapitalismo
dc.subjectecología
dc.titleBasura del mundo, La: cambio social, distopía y consumo en las novelas futuristas Waslala y Zombie
dc.title.alternativeWorld's garbage: social change, dystopia and consumption in the futuristic novels Waslala and Zombie, The
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thesis.degree.disciplineForeign Languages and Literatures
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)


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