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The representation of urban violence in contemporary Colombian and Brazilian narrative
by El-Kadi, Aileen, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007, 311; 3284410
Abstract (Summary)

My dissertation examines how urban violence and its inscription in social imaginaries have shaped Latin American narrative production over the past fifty years. Specifically, I analyze three recent novels from Colombia and two from Brazil: Fernando Vallejo's La Virgen de los Sicarios (1994); Jorge Franco Ramos' Rosario Tijeras (1999); Mario Mendoza's SatanĂ¡s (2002); Rubem Fonseca's Feliz Ano Novo (1975); and Patricia Melo's Inferno (2000). I describe two types of violence represented in these literary texts. The first type is a form of criminal violence associated (located) with specific urban social groups: marginal people from the lower class who become criminals and resort to crime (drug trafficking and organized crime). This representation of violence is portrayed in these novels as a spectacle. The second type of violence is depicted on a social and psychological but not criminal level that is closely related to the idea of omnipresent danger and ethical crisis. It is conceived not only as an anomaly of modern societies but also as a pathological phenomenon. Interdisciplinary in nature, my dissertation lies at the intersection of literary criticism and cultural studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elmore, Peter Michael
Commitee: Baena, Julio, Barletta, Vincent, Bernucci, Leopoldo, Landeira, Ricardo
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Spanish and Portuguese
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Latin American literature
Keywords: Brazil, Colombia, Favela, Fonseca, Rubem, Franco Ramos, Jorge, Latin American, Melo, Patricia, Mendoza, Mario, Narrative, Sicario, Vallejo, Fernando, Violence
Publication Number: 3284410
ISBN: 978-0-549-31463-9
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