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Beyond post-dictatorship: Transnational Latin American literature and the violence of writing
by Pelaez, Sol Ines, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2010, 249; 3423593
Abstract (Summary)

Beyond Post-dictatorship: Transnational Latin America Literature and the Violence of Writing, maps the literary imaginary of community and the world through the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Juan José Saer, Angélica Gorodischer, and Roberto Bolaño. The current pressure of a seemingly all-encompassing globalization and of consumerist and post-national identities, forces upon us the question of the world and Latin America. 20th century Latin American cultural criticism projected literature as one of the fundamental collective paradigms for continental articulation with the rest of the world. These visions are historically exhausted. I read a literature that interrogates its own desire, power and violence, opening, thus, the possibility of questioning our notions of community in a global context. In chapter one, "My Desperation As a Writer," I read the desires for a world displayed in Borges's "The Aleph" as an allegory of two possible conceptions—Daneri's and Borges's—for thinking the world. The second chapter, "Shattering the world: Juan José Saer's Writing," explores how Nobody, Nothing, Never (Nadie nada nunca ) reflects on the violence of the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983). Against the desire for a solid and united Argentine Being held by the military regime, Saer shatters the world through a reflection on an improper love, touching and time. Chapter three, "Violent Literature: Angélica Gorodischer's Jaguars' Tomb" (Tumba de Jaguares) analyses how this text confronts literature with its own violence and desire of camping outside the torturer's chamber in post-dictatorial times. Against the authority of the torturer, Gorodischer explores the authority (and violence) of writing. In chapter four, "On the holes of the World: Roberto Bolaño & 2666," I argue that 2666 maps a world geography of traumas. From the perspective of "minor" violence—femicide—2666 constructs a world bound through singular wounds. This novel resists the optimistic views of the border as the new space for the world's encounters.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sussman, Henry
Commitee: Johnson, David E., Moreiras, Alberto, Nikolopoulou, Kalliopi
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Comparative Literature
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Latin American literature
Keywords: 20th century, Bolano, Roberto, Borges, Jorge Luis, Latin American literature, Postdicatorship literature, Saer, Juan Jose, Transnational literature
Publication Number: 3423593
ISBN: 978-1-124-24632-1
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