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Title:Metáforas extremas del neoliberalismo en la literatura latinoamericana
Author(s):Ocasio-Rivera, Wanda Ivellise
Director of Research:Beckman, Ericka
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Goldman, Dara
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Meléndez, Mariselle; Ledesma, Eduardo
Department / Program:Spanish and Portuguese
Discipline:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):neoliberalism
Latin American economy
gender and economics
Juarez
Metafora
Jose Donoso
Diamela Eltit
Luisa Valenzuela
Roberto Bolano
mass graves
cannibalism
antropofagi
solid human bodies
commodification
capitalism
Chile
Argentina
Mexico
New York
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Tratados de Libre Comercio (TLC)
sadomasochism
Casa de campo
El cuarto mundo
Impuesto a la carne
mano de obra
2666
Novela negra con argentinos
La travesia
torture
Abstract:This dissertation traces a set of specific metaphors that emerge to address the consequences of neoliberalism in literary works by the writers José Donoso, Diamela Eltit, Luisa Valenzuela and Roberto Bolaño. Focusing on these four metaphors --anthropophagi, sold human bodies, torture and mass graves-- this dissertation argues that literary texts uncover the “dark side” of neoliberal development since the 1970s in Chile, Argentina and Mexico. The representation through these metaphors of different neoliberal scenarios in these texts stands as a stark contrast with the visions of freedom, and economic prosperity promised with the entrance of the neoliberal economy in Latin America. The power of these metaphors, I argue, hails from their ability to grasp dramatic changes in the subjectivity and the extreme logic of objectification experienced by the subject under neoliberal regimes, through representation of bodies left exposed to be eaten, tortured, sold as commodities and finally thrown away as industrial garbage. The extraordinary visual impact of these images of bodily destruction, I argue, attest to the unique power of literary texts in conjuring the objectifying and dismembering tendencies of neoliberal capitalism and the consequences of its development.
Issue Date:2015-04-24
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/78465
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Wanda I. Ocasio-Rivera
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015


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