Barbarism in the muck of the present. Dystopia and the postapocalyptic from Pinedo to Sarmiento

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Virginia Tech., Alexandria, Etats-Unis

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In this article I consider the temporality of postapocalyptic narrative and use a contemporary postapocalyptic novel, Plop (2004), by the Argentine author Rafael Pinedo, to open up new considerations of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s classic Facundo: Civilización y barbarie (1845). Following the method proposed by Jorge Luis Borges (1966) in “Kafka and His Precursors,” it is my position that Pinedo’s novel invents a new, postapocalyptic Facundo, thus converting Sarmiento into one of the American continent’s first postapocalyptic authors. Furthermore, Pinedo’s novel re-frames the “civilization or barbarism” debate under the contemporary sign of ecological catastrophe, allowing the reader to arrive at new and startling conclusions about language, the environment, and disaster.

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Article de périodique

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Latin American research review, issn : 0023-8791, 2013, vol. 48, n°. 2, p. 131-147, nombre de pages : 17, Références bibliographiques : 3 p.

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Pays édition : Etats-Unis, Pittsburgh, PA, Latin American Studies Association

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