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The Cartography of In/Subordination in El sistema by Ricardo Menéndez Salmón

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

Abstract

The final chapter explores the seeds of insurgency in the novel El sistema (The System) (2016) by Ricardo Menéndez Salmón. The concept of mapping in the novel is viewed from two distinct perspectives: the first based on the term “mapping” in a military context in reference to drawing maps, taking photographs, and engaging in other forms of surveillance as a means of exerting hegemonic control, and the second related to the notion of “counter-mapping,” which is mapping utilized for combatting socioeconomic inequality. Palardy traces the progression from representations of mapping to those of counter-mapping, illustrating the tensions between dystopian and utopian visions. The spatial constructions underscore problems stemming from hegemonic relationships that foster alienation.

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

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