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Guerrilleros de papel: La representación del guerrillero en seis novelas centroamericanas de los años setenta y ochenta
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2010 (Spanish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Paper guerrillas : The representation of the guerrilla soldier in six Central American novels from the seventies and eighties (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is to analyze and compare the representation of the guerrilla soldier in six contemporary Central American novels. According to Claudio Guillén, the comparison is a dialogue between unity and diversity. It can be defined with the help of two coordinates: a spatial and a temporal. In this study the spatial coordinate includes Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, and the temporal extends from the mid-seventies to the eighties. The novels written in the seventies are Los compañeros (1976) by Marco Antonio Flores, ¿Te dio miedo la sangre? (1977) by Sergio Ramírez and Caperucita en la zona roja (1977) by Manlio Argueta. The ones written in the eighties are La mujer habitada (1988) by Gioconda Belli, La diáspora (1989) by Horacio Castellanos Moya and El hombre de Montserrat (1994) by Dante Liano.

The novels are analyzed from a postcolonial perspective following the ideas of Alfonso de Toro and Santiago Castro-Gómez particularly. The method used is the phenomenological hermeneutics, as proposed by Mario J. Valdés. This implies an analysis performed on four levels: historical, formal, phenomenological and hermeneutic. Two of the key aspects in the analysis are the reader's aesthetic identification with the hero and the postcolonial concept subaltern.

The main conclusion is that the representation of the guerrilla soldier in the corpus is very heterogeneous and that almost no protagonist can be considered a subaltern. The reader's identification with the guerrilla soldier ranges from admirative to ironic, though the main type is sympathetic. Hence, the representation may be considered a hybrid, using a term borrowed from anthropologist Néstor García Canclini that opposes binary schemes and essentialist thinking. The guerrilla soldier is regarded as an individual and not as an abstract idea, which indicates that the civil wars in Central America were not just a conflict between two ideologies, but above all a human experience.

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Stockholm: Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies,Stockholm University , 2010. , 199 p.
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Central American literature, guerrilla soldier, representation, postcolonial theories, postcolonial discourse, subaltern, essentialism, hybridity, phenomenological hermeneutics.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42801ISBN: 978-91-7447-112-0OAI: diva2:351512
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2010-10-15, hörsal 7, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 14:00 (Spanish)
Available from: 2010-09-23 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2011-02-24Bibliographically approved

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