Pasavento. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. VII, n.º 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 425-444, ISSN: 2255-4505

NOMADISM AND ERRATIC LIVES IN THE SPANISH LITERATURE OF GLOBALIZATION

Adolfo R. Posada

adolfo.rodriguez.posada@gmail.com


Abstract

The topic of the homo viator as metaphor of life goes coordinates a set of Spanish literary works from Gonzalo de Berceo’s to Antonio Machado’s poetry. Far from losing its vitality, the concept of the human existence understood as path, transit and pilgrimage is updated by the figure of the contemporary nomad in the postmodern world. As a consequence, the human being conceived as an exote is impelled to undertake the search of his or her identity in the new globalized, dislocated and liquid world. The protagonists of La otra parte del mundo (2017) by Juan Trejo or Homo Lubitz (2018) by Ricardo Menéndez Salmón exemplify the excesses of an erratic life and nomadism in the 21st century: their constant displacements through the vast geography of a hyperconnected planet lead them to the discomfort and the anguish generated by the disorientation and the lack of vital centers. Thus, in the light of Augé’s, Maffesoli’s or Bourriaud’s theories around the contemporary nomads and exotes, this article explores some works within the Spanish post-contemporary narrative, among the mentioned novels, to study the modernization of the homo viator theme according to the 21st century mentalities.


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Keywords

Nomadism; Homo viator; Literature of Globalization; Postmodernity; Altermodern

Reception Date

07.09.2018

Definitive Acceptance Date

02.11.2019

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