In La tierra que pisamos by Jesús Carrasco an imperialist Imperio dominates the land. In a small town in Extremadura a native, Leva appears on the farm of Eva a colonist. Applying the theory of third space, by Homi Bhabha, we can see how the interaction between the protagonists of the novel La tierra que pisamos constructs a third space. Eva’s mentality changes as she becomes conscious of how her country has trampled on and dehumanized the Other. This paper explores the different interpretations of this third space, and how the narrative induces empathy. The empathy provoked in Eva, as she writes Leva’s story, underlines its importance in the construction of third space. This novel shows that literature plays a key role in evoking empathy. Studies in cognitive science show that our brains process narratives much like social interactions. Results of further studies show that literature can change our perception of race and allow us to recognize the humanity in the Other.
|Commitee:||May, Rachel, Reiter, Bernd|
|School:||University of South Florida|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 82/7(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American literature|
|Keywords:||Colonialism, Empathy, Race, Third Space|
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