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Chilean literature

2015

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Nona Fernández's Mapocho: Spirits In A Material Wasteland, Resha S. Cardone Jan 2015

Nona Fernández's Mapocho: Spirits In A Material Wasteland, Resha S. Cardone

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This analysis of Mapocho (2002), a novel by Chilean writer and performer Nona Fernández, explores the significance of the author’s environmentalist representation of Chilean history as the accumulation of spiritual and material contaminants—ghosts and trash—that the victorious from throughout the country’s history have attempted to erase to further various economic and political agendas, particularly the neoliberal model installed during the Pinochet dictatorship. Fernández’s depiction of Chile as an ecological and spiritual wasteland in which the female protagonist (re)collects, recycles and reuses the specters and detritus of past conflicts represents the author’s own literary ...