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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates

Katarzyna Olga Beilin and William Viestenz

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pp. ix-xxxiv

Among all the factors which have emerged with increasing visibility in the twenty-first century that contribute to changes in the definition of “life” and open new questions about its ethical treatment, the following are the most important for this volume: the raising of collective consciousness regarding ecological crises and especially climate change; the emerging biotechnologies of plant, animal, and human life enhancement developed in part as an answer to this crisis; and the consideration...

I. Genealogies of Ecological and Animal Rights Movements in Modern and Contemporary Iberia

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1. The Environment in Literature and the Arts in Spain

Carmen Flys-Junquera and Tonia Raquejo

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pp. 3-34

According to Joaquín Fernández, Spain has not had a strong environmentalist tradition, partially due to the Franco regime (Ecologismo español). In his study, Fernández notes that the Civil War marked a fracture between any previous incipient Spanish activism, and that real consciousness only started in the 1970s, together with democracy and the economic boom known as the “Spanish miracle” (44). An early study by Josep Vicent Marqués, Ecología y lucha de clases(1978), illustrates the leftist...

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2. Nunca Máis: Ecological Collectivism and the Prestige Disaster

John H. Trevathan

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pp. 35-56

The renewed interest in contemporary Galician cultural studies has paid close attention to the diverse meanings of the term galeguidade (Galician-ness) within the politically and culturally pluralist climate of post-Franco Spain (Hooper). While many have contextualized Galician identity globally through the region’swaves of emigration, literary innovations and popular culture, little work has been done to situate Galicia through the region’s recent ecological crises caused, in large part, by its close...

II. Ecological Crisis and the Neoliberal Appropriation of Public Space

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3. Tourism and "Quality of Life" at the End of Franco's Dictatorship

Eugenia Afinoguénova

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pp. 59-88

In the Spanish Constitution, “quality of life” appears several times as a fundamental value related to the economic and cultural wellbeing of citizens, protection of the environment, and participative democracy (León Jiménez). Yet the term is, in fact, an international conceptual chameleon that is found in contexts ranging from philosophy texts to the summaries of social indicators. The Canadian philosopher Storrs McCall, who was among the ones who noticed it early on, lamented...

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4. Die and Laugh in the Anthropocene: Disquieting Realism and Dark Humor in Biutiful and Nocilla experience

Katarzyna Olga Beilin

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pp. 89-112

Scholars in the environmental humanities frequently debate which genres and moods are most appropriate for talking about the ecological crisis in order to awake the public and promote a change of attitudes. Fréderic Neyrat believes that “[w]e need to create a fiction of a catastrophe and act as if it was certain. [Because] we can, perhaps, avoid the worst if we believe that it is certain.” Timothy Morton’s concept of “dark ecology” follows a similar logic in describing a world in which the catastrophe...

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5. Cultivating the Square: Trash, Recycling, and the Cultural Ecology of Post-Crisis Madrid

Matthew I. Feinberg and Susan Larson

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pp. 113-142

On June 1, 2013, people walking through Madrid’s historic center may have been surprised to find that the Puerta del Sol—ground zero for the 15-M uprising of the “Indignados” in May of 2011—seemed to have been renamed. The name the iconic central public square had held since it began to serve as one of the city’s principal gates of passage in the fifteenth century was changed when the British mobile phone company Vodafone signed a contract with Madrid’s regional government...

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6. Degrowth and Ecological Economics in Twenty-First-Century Spain: Toward a Posthumanist Economy

Luis I. Prádanos

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pp. 143-160

Since the global financial crisis of 2007/2008, a number of Spanish nonfiction books have adopted a cross-disciplinary perspective to critique the unsustainable social and environmental degradation caused by global capitalism. These authors, including Jorge Riechmann, Joan Martínez Alier, Amaia Orozco, Ramon Folch, Alicia Puleo, Ramón Fernández Durán, Joaquín Sempere, Óscar Carpintero, and Carlos Taibo, embrace social ecology, ecological economics, and political ecology. Such writers...

III. Iberian Bio-Power: Life as a Political Matter

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7. Reproductive Rights in Spain: From "Abortion Tourism" to "Reproduction Destination"

Pablo de Lora

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pp. 163-182

In the following pages I will attempt the modest task of depicting the evolution of reproductive and sexual rights in Spain since the early days of the Transición until our present time. In order to fully grasp the magnitude of that evolution, my departing point will be the end of the 1970s, when the phenomenon known as “abortion tourism” was fairly prevalent among Spanish women. As my arrival or contrasting-point, I will focus on a radically different sort of phenomenon: that of gay couples traveling...

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8. Mar adentro and the Question of Freedom

Paul Begin

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pp. 183-202

On February 20, 1995, Ramón Sampedro appeared on Spanish television in an interview with Mercedes Milá, providing him the opportunity to explain himself to a wider audience and gather public support for his challenge to the Spanish government for the right to an assisted suicide. He would appear on television at other times as well, including the recording of his own suicide. The broadcast images of Sampedro and his arguments for the right to die on his terms brought discussion of the...

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9. Still Different? Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture in Spain

Sainath Suryanarayanan and Katarzyna Olga Beilin

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pp. 203-228

In 2011, WikiLeaks cables revealed that the Spanish government had asked the United States government to press Brussels not to enact additional laws regulating biotechnology (William). At the dawn of the third millennium, Spain has distinguished itself among the European Union (EU) and major EU nations in being the most enthusiastic supporter of all sorts of biotechnologies, even as the EU continues to adopt an ambivalent, precautionary stance in light of the risks posed by these emerging...

IV. Reassembling the Archive through the Concept of Life

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10. Iberian Cultural Studies beyond the Human: Exploring the Life History of Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja in Spanish Anthropology and Popular Film

Daniel Ares López

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pp. 231-256

Entrelobos (Among Wolves)is a fiction feature film of Spanish production directed by the recognized documentary filmmaker Gerardo Olivares that was released in Spain in 2010 to significant box-office success.6 As it is customary in the contemporary film industry, the movie’s promotional campaign included an official web page, illustrated features in the national press, as well as a number of interviews with the director and cast members, either published in newspapers and magazines or broadcast...

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11. The Bull Also Rises: The Political Redemption of the Beast in La pell de brau by Salvador Espriu

William Viestenz

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pp. 257-278

This essay approaches the Catalan poet Salvador Espriu’s La pell de brau (The Bull’s Skin) (1960) as a type of bestiary that poeticizes an inventory of animals, notably the bull, as figurations of the political. As a response to both the ideological tenets of Francoism and the federalist critique of the unitary development of the Spanish State in the nineteenth century, La pell de brau proposes a model of divided sovereignty that redeems Iberia’s beasts—las bestias negras(the black beasts) denounced...

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12. Animals in Contemporary Spanish Newspapers

John Beusterien

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pp. 279-294

From 2012–2013, the Spanish press contributed to the invention of wild spaces on the Iberian Peninsula through the publication of articles on the resurgence of nearly extinct indigenous Spanish animals, including many types of birds, the brown bear in Asturias, and the Iberian wolf. In addition, Spanish print media reported that foreign species, such as the raccoon, had invaded those wild spaces. Media not only fabricated a sense of the wild Spanish space through articles that depicted invasive...

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13. Accounting for Violence, Counting the Dead: The Civil War and Spain's Political Present

Sebastiaan Faber

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pp. 295-318

What is the weight of a human life? Its value is often construed as infinitely large and therefore fundamentally incomparable: as the truism has it, every unnatural or premature death is one too many. Yet in practice human deaths are regularly quantified in coldly straightforward terms in order to assess their relative importance. The trope of the scale—the balance—is a popular one in this context. Speaking on the United States drone program—in which unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft roam...

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Afterword: Spain: Taking the Alternative?

Martín López-Vega and Luis Martín-Estudillo

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pp. 319-330

This volume offers a multidisciplinary look at the politics and ethics of life in contemporary Spain, highlighting the role of literary and visual culture in the mediation and configuration of a number of key debates. The contributions form a coherent and engaging unity even as they come from different fields, including history, literary criticism, media studies, economics, law, and film studies, converging in a composite analysis of some of the most pressing collective concerns of the last decades. The essays...

Contributors

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pp. 331-336

Index

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pp. 337-342