Inmune a sí mismo: Cervantes en la narrative zombie hispana contemporánea



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This dissertation proposes a reading of Zombie Fiction in Spanish (ZFS) through the lenses of Miguel de Cervantes and of Latin American Magic Realism. The dissertation analyzes zombie narratives by Alberto López Aroca, Alejandro Castroguer and Javier Cosnava from Spain, and by Antonio Malpica from Mexico. In this effort, this dissertation seeks to demonstrate how, rather than conforming to the average conventions of zombie fiction, the novels of the Spanish authors parody and play with such conventions much in the same way that Don Quijote does with chivalric, pastoral, and other genres. In the case of the Mexican author, Malpica suffuses the conventions of zombie fiction with those of Magic Realism to re-affirm the postmodern ideology of “Indigenismo” (Indigenism). The dissertation postulates that the works of the Spanish and Mexican authors offer, respectively, a continuity with Cervantes and with Magic Realism rather than an adaptation in Spanish of foreign zombie artifacts. By deploying many of the same literary techniques used by Cervantes in Don Quijote, the Spanish authors offer a powerful critique of the postmodern idealism that determines policies and practices of contemporary Spanish governmental and political entities to the detriment of the Spanish people. In the case of the Mexican author, his zombie fiction employs techniques and devices of Magic Realism to present a postmodern critique of relations between nation-states and their indigenous populations. In this manner the analysis of ZFS by the authors from Spain is contrasted with that of the author from Mexico, whose novel belongs in the Apocalipsis Island series from Spain but is the only one in the saga that takes place in an American Hispanic country. In this effort, the dissertation focuses on the following zombie novels: Necronomicon Z (2007) by Alberto López Aroca, El manantial (2012) by Alejandro Castroguer, Zombies de Leningrado (2014) by Javier Cosnava and Apocalipsis Island: México (2017) by Antonio Malpica. The theoretical basis for this work is Jesús G. Maestro's analysis of the mechanisms that these authors incorporate from Cervantes’ work in Crítica de los géneros literarios en el Quijote (2009), which also establishes Don Quijote as a critique of idealism. The dissertation will also use the writings of Gustavo Bueno, such as Panfleto contra la democracia realmente existente (2nd ed. 2020) as support for the arguments related to the politics of Spain.

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Cervantes, Zombie, Crítica de la Razón Literaria, Materialismo Filosófico, COVID-19, Quijote