Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Part 3, Chapter 3
Luis I. Prádanos
Miami University, US
About Luis I.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Miami University. His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian cultures. Specifically, Iñaki’s work combines environmental cultural studies, critical theory, and postgrowth economics. Iñaki has taught several courses on topics related to environmental humanities, urban ecology, postgrowth economics and cultures, and material ecocriticism. Some of his recent articles focus on the pedagogical implications of taking seriously the ongoing global socioecological crisis: “The Pedagogy of Degrowth.” In 2017, Iñaki edited a special section on “Contemporary Iberian Ecocriticism and New Materialisms” and co-edited a special number on “South Atlantic Ecocriticism.”
This chapter investigates the recent proliferation of Spanish cultural manifestations that focus on discarded materials and degraded spaces. Objects and processes that the dominant imaginary strives to keep out of sight become the main center of attention. This recentering of focus has a number of aesthetic, semiotic, and political consequences that could be better tracked from a material ecocritical perspective. A material ecocritical reading helps to illuminate what I call ‘the political ecology of waste’ in these cultural expressions (including ‘Nunca fue tan hermosa la basura’ by philosopher José Luis Pardo, a street mural by Boamistura in Madrid, an installation by Basurama, a song by Sr. Chinarro, a cartoon by Miguel Brieva, and the website consumehastamorir.org). I claim that by foregrounding the agency of the massive waste generated by our linear economic metabolism, these cultural manifestations expose neoliberal fantasies and seriously compromise the dominant teleological narratives of progress as unlimited economic growth.
How to Cite:
Prádanos, L.I., 2018. Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Part 3, Chapter 3. Modern Languages Open, DOI: http://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.248