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Author Irwin, Amanda Lee
Title La ultima palabra: La lectura, la escritura y la reescritura en "Yo el Supremo" de Augusto Roa Bastos
Descript 163 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 57-05, Section: A, page: 2057
Adviser: Rene de Costa
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, 1996
This study analyzes several ways in which Yo el Supremo develops the principle narrative and ideological concerns arising from the Latin American "new novel" into an ongoing process. The novel integrates social and political concerns, and new demands on the role of history, into experimental narrative techniques. It thus contributes to making what may have initially been considered as a passing literary movement into a continuous process of critical self-analysis and renovation in Latin American narrative
Yo el Supremo is approached here from the perspectives of its unique use of polyphony, its breaking down of the distinction between historical writing and fiction writing, and the inclusion of the reader in the process of the production of meaning. The polyphonic character of the novel allows several texts presenting different and opposing perspectives of historical events to confront each other on the written page. As the dynamic of this confrontation becomes apparent, the reader perceives and is directly affected by a process of fragmentation, and then becomes aware of an absent text, the meaning of which can be produced through a new understanding of the relationship between story-telling, identity and free determination
These relationships come to the foreground as the text opens itself to reveal the mechanisms of reading and writing. As this happens, an awareness of the paradoxical nature of language emerges. Of the event which is the source of a narration, much is lost in the processes of its representation in language; and at the same time it is the very capability of language to represent that makes possible the return back to the origin
The dynamic of textual fragmentation and multiplicity underlines the technical aspects of language by encouraging the reader to discover order and meaning in the text, a task shared by the various readers and writers involved in the elaboration of the parts. This community effort leads to ideological reflections on history and democracy, especially as they relate to the Paraguayan context. From this perspective, it can be seen how the narrative relationships proposed in the structure of the novel correspond to an underlying political statement
School code: 0330
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 57-05A
Subject Literature, Latin American
Alt Author The University of Chicago
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