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HP323 Climate Fictions in the Hispanic World

Module Code: HP323
Module Name: Migrant Stories: Climate Fictions in the Hispanic World
Module Coordinator: Dr Fabienne Viala
Term 2 Time: Wednesdays 09:00-11:00 Room: H0.66
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module will explore “cli-fi” literature in Spanish, as a genre able to raise awareness of climate change and its consequences on mankind and the anthropocene. Students will investigate how literary techniques and strategies can trigger empathetic and ethical responses, and challenge attitudes of denial and despair towards the impact of global warming and our implication with its causes and consequences. Novels written in Spanish across the world (Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Spain) will be the primary material for students to explore the ability of speculative fiction to imagine the future and rethink the existential paradigms that lay behind the thermo industrial civilisation we currently inhabit.


1 x 4000-4500 word essay

Primary Reading

Ardillo, José, El Salario del Gigante, Pepitas de Calabaza, Logroño, 2011.

Homero Aridjis, La Leyenda de los Soles, Tierra Firme, Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico, 1994.

Jose Rabelo, 2063 y Otras Distopias, Isla Negra, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 2018.

Estío, Once Relatos de ficción climatica, Episkaia, Madrid, 2018

El Futuro es Bosque: Antologia de Ficcion Climatica, ed. Giny Valris, apachelibros, Pluma Futura, 2018