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Sensescapes of Precarity in El salario del gigante by José Ardillo, Madrid: frontera by David Llorente, and Nos mienten by Eduardo Vaquerizo

  • Diana Q. Palardy
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Part of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series (HUS)

Abstract

This chapter examines sensory landscapes, or sensescapes, in the novels El salario del gigante (The Salary of the Giant) (2011) by José Ardillo, Madrid: frontera (Madrid: Border) (2016) by David Llorente, and Nos mienten (They Are Lying to Us) (2015) by Eduardo Vaquerizo, all of which may be considered dystopias of precarity. The sensescapes accentuate the abjection experienced by Indignados (Indignant Ones) who live in poverty and whose close ties with their resource-scarce environments are an indicator of their difficulties in controlling their surroundings and maintaining their dignity. Tensions among socioeconomic classes are underscored by acts of contamination and purification. Unequal access to technology, which is able to augment or even supplant the senses, also plays a role in the construction of social class.

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  • Diana Q. Palardy
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  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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