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.
|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|
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