Environmental Apocalypse and the Spanish Crisis Novel


Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 4:00 PM
Speaker: Bécquer Seguín, John Hopkins University
Location: 260 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive

Apocalyptic narratives are tempting. They can quickly catch the
attention of many and force an ignored issue into the spotlight
overnight. But they also tend to inspire paralysis and rely on
anti-democratic reasoning. This talk examines how Spanish novels
written in the wake of the Great Recession (2008-) have overcome
apocalyptic arguments about climate change. The value of these
novels, this talk will argue, lies in their cultivation of collective action
in response to crises of any scale, eschewing an apocalyptic logic that
claims such problems cannot be solved politically.

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