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Title:Folklore and Social Protest in Paulo De Carvalho-Neto's "mi Tio Atahualpa"
Author(s):Nance, Kimberly Ann
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lewis, Marvin A.
Department / Program:Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Latin American
Abstract:Making use of folklore, political, social and cultural criticism, the thesis examines Paulo de Carvalho-Neto's novel as a parody of the indigenista novel and as a work in its own right. Following an overview of the critical reception of the novel and its place in the literature of Latin America, the study determines the influence of folklore on language, style, plot, theme, and characterization, concluding that the novel is heavily influenced in each of the above areas by the norms of the personal experience narrative, by Olrik's Epic Laws, and by the typical plot of the Marchen. Next, the study treats the novel's use of three mirror images of reality: the prosaic mirror of realism, the "steel glass" of satire, and the looking-glass of magical realism, relating all three to the political and social themes of the work. The thesis concludes with a comparison/contrast of this novel with other works of social criticism, finding Mi tio Atahualpa an excellent example of the confluence of two strains of Latin American literature--regionalist and universal.
Issue Date:1988
Description:311 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8815397
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1988

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