Confronting History and Modernity in Mexican Narrative Elisabeth Guerrero

ISBN: 9780230606371

Published: July 15th 2008

Hardcover

192 pages


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Confronting History and Modernity in Mexican Narrative  by  Elisabeth Guerrero

Confronting History and Modernity in Mexican Narrative by Elisabeth Guerrero
July 15th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780230606371 | 5.43 Mb

Two motifs of an angel of history, one European and one Mexican, provide a theoretical framework for this book. The first is Walter Benjamins interpretation of the Klee painting angelus novus, a figure that gazes upon the ruins of the past,MoreTwo motifs of an angel of history, one European and one Mexican, provide a theoretical framework for this book.

The first is Walter Benjamins interpretation of the Klee painting angelus novus, a figure that gazes upon the ruins of the past, powerless to repair the broken pieces as it keels into the future. Although Benjamin envisions history as catastrophe piled upon catastrophe, he also sees in this angel the possibility for redemption in divine destruction. Mexico Citys key monument, the Angel of Independence, also embodies redemption and destruction through history, marking moments of staggering transformation beyond the conquest.

Drawing from these two theoretical angels, the study delineates three major narrative tendencies in contemporary historical novels from Mexico. First, these novels humanize canonized heroes and bring them down to earth. Secondly, they demonumentalize the European legacy, renegotiating Europes five hundred year bequest of conquest and colonialism. Thirdly, the novels have begun to recover secondary figures previously lost to history, particularly women and people of color. While these three tendencies apply throughout Latin America, they are particularly pronounced in Mexican literary production.



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