Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Shouts of the Khori-Challwa: Andean Mythological and Cosmological Reconsiderations of the American Identity in Gamaliel Churata's El Pez de Oro
by McNabb, Stephen Delaney, M.A., Portland State University, 2017, 115; 10286335
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the possible creation of a new categorization of American Literature as presented in the Andean novel El pez de oro: Retablos del Laykhakuy (1957) by Gamaliel Churata. In El pez de oro, Gamaliel Churata presents a strategy for the recuperation of native Andean cultural agency that enables the Andean subject to reclaim traces of their ancestral past under more verisimilar and verifiable terms. Churata argues that through a recuperation of native language and its infusion into the body of the major colonial language, Spanish, the Andean subject is equipped with a new culture producing tool that enables the recuperation of language, agency, history, and, ultimately, representation and inclusion within cultural and political institutional frameworks. By introducing his own function of bilingualism, vernacular language, and mythological infusions into the body of colonial letters, Gamaliel Churata is able to destabilize and disrupt colonial historical and textual authority to the point where the invented concept of America and the colonial product of American identity can be re-examined. Through this examination emerges a new option for the categorization of American identity as an aesthetic construct. Within this new categorization of aesthetic American identity, the Andean subject can begin his own process of self-identification through his native language toward the production of a future Andean American subject.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cortez, Enrique
Commitee: Epplin, Craig, Sloan, Cynthia, Warnock, Ines
School: Portland State University
Department: World Languages and Literatures
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American literature, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Andean literature, Churata, Gamaliel, Cultural production, Grupo orkopata, Indigenism, Peruvian literature
Publication Number: 10286335
ISBN: 9780355166002
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