Cosmopolitan communication and ecological consciousness in Latin America

Miguel Gutiérrez’s Babel, el paraíso

Authored by: Roberto Forns-Broggi

Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138053137
eBook ISBN: 9781315167343
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315167343-25

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Abstract

This is a typical case in which there is not yet available a translation of a literary text that is still relevant for today’s need of finding ways to communicate effectively among different cultures. Even though a rereading of a brief novel, Babel, el paraíso by Miguel Gutiérrez, is not enough, here we try to reflect on the possibilities and use of a utopian experience of intercultural communication. In the context of Latin American politics, this fiction is an ingenious satire of power, authoritarian regimes, and communal living. But it also celebrates desirable honest communication that advances glimpses of ecological consciousness as a crucial component toward an authentic dialogue among different subjectivities and collectivities.

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