Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Habitat Selection for Maximizing Fitness Interests: Selected Stories from Women’s Crime Fiction in Barcelona Noir

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2022), 99, (1), 57–70.

Abstract

Evolutionary psychology examines the links between psychological mechanisms and adaptive problems. This article focuses on the adaptive problem of habitat selection. To perpetuate survival, the individual members of a species must accurately assess the threats and benefits presented by the environment they inhabit. When threats outweigh benefits, the individual must safeguard their survival by either overcoming the threat or finding a more suitable habitat. The article reads the stories penned by Cristina Fallarás, Isabel Franc, Teresa Solana and Antonia Cortijos for the anthology Barcelona Noir (2011) as imaginative constructs of the avoid-approach quandary in habitat selection. Adopting an evolutionary approach, it examines the links between survival and the capacity to ‘detect’, ‘perceive’ and ‘seek’ suitable habitats as represented in these stories.

La psicología evolutiva examina los vínculos entre los mecanismos psicológicos y los problemas de adaptación. Este artículo se centra en el problema adaptativo de la selección de hábitat. Para perpetuar la supervivencia, los individuos de una especie tienen que valorar con precisión las amenazas y los beneficios que les presenta el entorno que habitan. Cuando las amenazas superan los beneficios, los individuos deben asegurar su supervivencia venciendo la amenaza o bien encontrando un hábitat más adecuado. El artículo analiza los cuentos escritos por Cristina Fallarás, Isabel Franc, Teresa Solana y Antonia Cortijos para la antología Barcelona Noir (2011) como construcciones imaginarias del problema de la proximidad o la lejanía en la selección de hábitat. Mediante un planteamiento basado en la psicología evolutiva, el artículo examina los vínculos entre la supervivencia y la capacidad de ‘detectar’, ‘percibir’ y ‘buscar’ hábitats adecuados representados en estos cuentos.

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SINGH, JAVA