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Chilean literature

1999

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An Anatomy Of Marginality: Figures Of The Eternal Return And The Apocalypse In Chilean Post-Dictatorial Fiction, Idelber Avelar Jun 1999

An Anatomy Of Marginality: Figures Of The Eternal Return And The Apocalypse In Chilean Post-Dictatorial Fiction, Idelber Avelar

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The article analyzes two novels by Chilean writer Diamela Eltit from the standpoint of the post-dictatorial imperative to mourn the dead and reactivate collective memory. After framing Eltit's fiction in the context of the avant-garde resurgence of plastic and performance arts in the second half of Pinochet's regime, I move on to discuss Lumpérica (1983) and Los vigilantes (1994) as two different manifestations of the temporality of mourning. The article addresses how Lumpérica's portrayal of an oneiric, orgiastic communion in marginality (shared by the protagonist and a mass of beggars at a Santiago square) composed an allegory ...


The Genesis Of La Desesperanza By José Donoso , Mary Lusky Friedman Jun 1999

The Genesis Of La Desesperanza By José Donoso , Mary Lusky Friedman

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This study analyzes the seven hundred pages of working notes made by the Chilean writer José Donoso as he created La desesperanza, his 1986 novel about the return of a Chilean exile to his homeland. These notes, made in two sustained working sessions, one in the year beginning in December 1980 and the other in the first eight months of 1985, reveal a particular modus operandi: intent on inventing characters who were believable and complex, Donoso subordinated every other aspect of the work—plot, technical considerations like point of view and register, and even the ideas the novel would ultimately ...