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The Architecture of Avarice in Ion de Sosa’s Sueñan los androides or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Economic Crisis and Love the Sheep

  • Diana Q. Palardy
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Abstract

This chapter investigates how spatial constructions in Ion de Sosa’s experimental dystopian film Sueñan los androides (Androids Dream) (2014) draw attention to the role of avarice as a motivating force behind the antagonist’s behavior in the film and as a contributing factor to the 2008 financial crisis in real life. In addition, intertextual references to Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (on which the film is loosely based) underscore these parallels. The landscapes in the film suggest that the elite sacrifice the middle class (including, most notably, Spanish youth) in pursuit of symbolic displays of wealth. The film portrays the labor done by the Spanish precariat as menial and dehumanizing, while drawing attention to the obstacles they face in seeking socioeconomic mobility.

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  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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