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Fronteras literarias y cuerpos ciborg: las desigualdades socioeconómicas en la ciencia ficción mexicana (1991-2014)

Godinez Paez, Jonathan (2024) Fronteras literarias y cuerpos ciborg: las desigualdades socioeconómicas en la ciencia ficción mexicana (1991-2014). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In the second half of the 1980's, Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology began to publish Mexican science fiction short stories in their magazine Ciencia y Desarrollo. This editorial milestone sparked a new generation of Mexican science fiction writers, who, in the following decade, began to publish their work in anthologies. This dissertation analyses a group of science fiction short stories published in those anthologies from 1991 to 2014. Through these short stories, I analyze how Mexican cyberpunk depicts the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how this newly created free-trade zone brought a false sense of hope toward progress and modernity while allowing workers to be exploited, with the complicity of the Mexican State. My work also addresses how the United States-Mexico border has been represented in Mexican science fiction and how it reveals the fissures of a divided Mexican society, which must deal with extreme social inequalities and an ever-present state of violence. How augmented and virtual reality cohabitate these border spaces and dynamics is a central issue of this dissertation. Because social inequalities in Mexico spread well beyond its border with the United States, this project ends by discussing the alarming—inequalities of water distribution in Mexico City and Durango. Mexico's reliance on technology to solve its water shortage problems through hydraulic megaprojects poses a massive danger for its aquifers and basins. This dissertation addresses these catastrophic unequal dynamics through the lens of Mexican science fiction.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Godinez Paez, Jonathanjog98@pitt.edujog98
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston,
Committee MemberLamana,
Committee MemberTenorio,
Committee MemberPotter,
Date: 8 May 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 February 2024
Approval Date: 8 May 2024
Submission Date: 12 March 2024
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 250
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mexican Literature, Mexican Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Cyborg, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Violence, Agrarian Reform, Catastrophe, Water Distribution, Inequality.
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 17:37
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 17:37


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