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Cooptation, Complicity, and Representation

Desire and Limits for Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Mexican Fiction

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Shigeko Mato

Is the affiliation between intellectuals and hegemony unbreakable? When intellectuals attempt to retell history from its bottom side, or when writers try to represent the so-called marginalized subject, are they not simply reinforcing the perspective and agenda of society’s hegemonic currents? Cooptation, Complicity, and Representation engages in a discussion of the problem of this potentially unbreakable affiliation between intellectuals and hegemony. Through five twentieth-century Mexican literary works: Pedro Páramo (1955, Juan Rulfo); Hasta no verte Jesús mío (1969, Elena Poniatowska); three short stories from Ciudad Real (1960, Rosario Castellanos); Llanto: Novelas imposibles (1992, Carmen Boullosa); and Muertos incómodos (falta lo que falta) (2005, Subcomandate Marcos and Paco Ignacio Taibo II), this book attempts to examine the contradictory phenomenon that emerges when intellectuals’ desire to represent a marginalized subject or history clashes with their own limited ability to fully know the marginalized. No critics have compiled these five seemingly unrelated Mexican texts in order to scrutinize such a contradictory tendency. Cooptation, Complicity, and Representation provides an innovative way to connect the five texts by delineating, within specific Mexican historical and geopolitical contexts, how and why intellectuals have difficulty moving away from the reproduction of «otherness», when they attempt to represent a marginalized subject or history. This book can be useful for those who are interested in the Spanish American boom literature, twentieth-century Mexican literature, women writing, testimonial writing, subaltern studies, postcolonial studies, historical novels, and cultural studies.

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Index A Alemán, Miguel, 27, 59 Alvarado, Jesús María, 107–09 “author function,” 13, 30 defined by Foucault, 8, 20, 22 see also Rulfo, Juan “Arthur Smith salva su alma,” (Castellanos) see Ciudad Real Austin, Alfredo López, 81, 92 Austin, J.L., 113 B Belascorán Shayne, Héctor, 107–09, 125 Bercovitch, Sacvan, 80 Beverley, John, 5, 10, 62–63, 68, 75, 76, 103 Bible, 72 Boom Literature, 8, 17, 19, 22, 28, 30, 32 experimental narrative techniques, 24 literary canon, 24–25 as modernizing force, 8, 23–26 ideology, 23, 25–27 see also Post-Boom Boone, Elizabeth Hill, 4, 91, 92 Bórquez, Josefina, 9, 39 see also Hasta no verte Jesús mío Boullosa, Carmen, 7, 11, 79–87, 89, 93, 94, 96, 133 Brushwood, John, 27–29 Bush, George W., 108 Butler, Judith, 113 C Camacho, Manuel Ávila, 59 Cárdenas, Lázaro, 27 Cartas de Relación (Cortés), 85 Carvalho, Pepe, 107 Castellanos, Rosario, 7, 10, 57, 58, 60– 62, 65, 69, 72, 74–76, 133 Catholicism, 4, 45, 46, 73, 88 Cavell, Stanley, 9, 42–45, 52 Charles V, 85 Chiapas, 7, 10, 12, 13, 57–62, 64–66, 69, 72, 73, 75 oppression, 61–62, 65–68, 75, 76 revolutionary resistance, 99–100, 104–110, 112, 115, 123–26 Chorba, Carrie, 81 Ciudad Real (Castellanos), 7, 10, 13, 58 benevolence in, 66–71 criticism of indigenismo, 61, 64 religious conflict, 72–74 similarities to INI, 59, 60 subalternity...

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