TitleLos avatares del yo
NameCohen, Selma (author), Schwartz, Marcy (chair), Marcone, Jorge (internal member), Braga-Pinto, César (internal member), Giorgi, Gabriel (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Self in literature,
First person narrative
DescriptionI examine a corpus of narrative texts (nouvelle, short story, and essay) and poems that focuses on the relationship between the narrative/poetic “I” and referentiality to account for new ontological dimensions of the first person in Argentine literature since 1990. Acknowledging the rich Argentinean autobiographical tradition from Domingo F. Sarmiento to Jorge Luis Borges, I argue that the works in my corpus present a shift from self-conscious and metafictional positions regarding the first person. I analyze a variety of uses of the “I” related to auto-fiction, the pseudonym, the “performance of the author” and the biography of the voice traced in the texts as representational strategies that address the fluid borders of the “I” in contemporary writing. My analysis takes into account works by Alan Pauls, Washington Cucurto, Silvio Mattoni and Matilde Sánchez. Based upon the theories of Philippe Lejeune, Régine Robin, Serge Doubrovsky, and Sylvia Molloy regarding the definitions of auto-fiction and autobiography, I identify the emergence of new meanings and functions for the concept of intimacy and strategies of self-representation. These changes in subjectivity and writing in the first person are strongly marked by postmodernism and globalization. Following the considerations of Néstor García Canclini and Arjun Appadurai on globalization and new media, I argue that in contemporary times there are new parameters of production of space and time that have a strong impact on the subject configuration and its ways of relating to the world where experience plays a key role in new articulations of the “I”. In my corpus I also analyze the gradual but persistent genre hybridization of texts that also engage with the visual. The texts I study increasingly refer to and incorporate images such as photographs, drawings, and comics. Politics and collective imagination are other aspects of literature in the first person. All the works I analyze transcend the individual to relate to others. Some of them make specific comments on politics or promote the development of community projects, such as the cooperative Eloísa Cartonera. Others address gender issues and their relationship with the male literary tradition. From different perspectives and approaches all of them take part in the interplay and discussion of the contemporary Argentinean cultural field.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Selma Cohen
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.