Ethics of Life

Contemporary Iberian Debates

Ed. Katarzyna Beilin and William Viestenz

The contributors ask the following questions:

• What are the different rhetorical strategies employed by writers, artists, filmmakers, and activists to react to the degradation of life and climate change?
• How are urban movements using environmental issues to resist corporate privatization of the commons?
• What is the shape of Spanish debates on reproductive rights and biotechnology?
• What is the symbolic significance of the bullfighting debate and other human/animal issues in today's political turmoil in Spain?

Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates
Katarzyna Beilin and William Viestenz

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

1. The Environment in Literature and the Arts in Spain
     Carmen Flys-Junquera and Tonia Raquejo
2. Nunca Máis: Ecological Collectivism and the Prestige Disaster
     John H. Trevathan

Part II. Ecological Crisis and the Neoliberal Appropriation of Public Space

3. Tourism and Quality of Life at the End of Franco's Dictatorship
     Eugenia Afinoguénova
4. Die and Laugh in the Anthropocene: Disquieting Realism and Dark Humor in Biutiful and Nocilla experience
     Katarzyna Olga Beilin
5. Cultivating the Square: Trash, Recycling, and the Cultural Ecology of Post-Crisis Madrid
     Matthew Feinberg and Susan Larson
6. Degrowth and Ecological Economics in Twenty-First-Century Spain: Toward a Posthumanist Economy
     Luis I. Prádanos

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

7. Reproductive Rights in Spain: From Abortion Tourism to Reproduction Destination
     Pablo de Lora
8. Mar adentro and the Question of Freedom
     Paul Begin
9. Still Different? Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture in Spain
     Sainath Suryanarayanan and Katarzyna Olga Beiling

Part IV. Reassembling the Archive through the Concept of Life

10. Iberian Cultural Studies beyond the Human: Exploring the Life History of Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja in Spanish Anthropology and Popular Film
     Daniel Ares López
11. The Bull Also Rises: The Political Redemption of the Beast in La pell de brau by Salvador Espriu
     William Viestenz
12. Animals in Contemporary Spanish Newspapers
     John Beusterien
13. Accounting for Violence, Counting the Dead: The Civil War and Spain's Political Present
     Sebastiaan Faber

Spain: Taking the Alternative?
Martín López-Vega and Luis Martín-Estudillo