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Author Ramos, Maria D.
Title La trilogia de jorge volpi como ventana sitiada en la posdmodernidad [electronic resource] / by Maria D. Ramos.
Publication Info. 2012
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 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 266 p.
Note Advisor: Helene Weldt-Basson.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Wayne State University, 2012.
Summary This dissertation examines from the perspective of postmodern theory, the ideological and formal aspects of Jorge Volpi's trilogy of the twentieth century: En busca de Klingsor (In Search of Klingsor), El fin de la locura (The End of Madness), and No seraʹ la tierra (Season of Ash). Employing the concept of postmodernism as used by Jean-Fran̜cois Lyotard, I demonstrate how Volpi, through his trilogy, undermines the basis of modernity; that is, the trilogy subverts the metanarratives of science, theory, and progress characteristic of modernity and portrays the previous century as a failed one. As a result of postmodern thought this trilogy also deconstructs the dichotomies culture vs. nature, civilization vs. barbarism, and chaos vs. order. The exploration of the relationship between power and knowledge as examined by Michel Foucault is also a fundamental part of this project. I propose that by criticizing this relationship, Volpi's trilogy proves to be synchronized with the condition of postmodernity in which a multiplicity of voices allows for the fading of a monologic discourse and the disappearance of absolute truths. I also examine the relation between content and form, which leads me to conclude that Volpi's trilogy is more postmodern in ideology than in form. I employ the theories of Linda Hutcheon and Brian McHale on postmodern fiction to illustrate this point.
Subject Latin American literature
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (Ph.D.) : Modern Languages
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