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Title:Transitional Discourses: The (Psycho)somatic Fiction of Juan Jose Millas
Author(s):Abbott, Annie R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):L. Elena Delgado, L. Elena
Department / Program:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Modern
Abstract:The underlying discourse of Letra muerta (1984) links political extremism with the contagion of human bodies and the body politic. Silence and isolation "cure" the protagonist's unruly behavior; likewise, the dominant discursive practice of Spain's political transition from dictatorship to democracy (1975--1982) attempted to "silence" the extreme views---separatism, communism---that might "infect" the body politic. El desorden de tu nombre (1988) incorporates the formula for success in late 1980s Spain. Overcoming fever and hallucinations, the protagonist gains power and success by replacing his radical political past with a "modern" look and duplicitous discourse. Similarly, the Social Democrats, during their consolidation of power (1983--1992), subsumed their previous counter-discourses within economic policies of modernization and Europeanization. The protagonist of Tonto, muerto, bastardo e invisible (1995) undergoes a professional crisis, mirroring Spain's crisis of 1993--1996. This novel charts the economic practices that construct individuals and nations' "places" on ideological maps of power and displays the Social Democrat's re-positioning of Spain on the European map. Juan and Jose, identical twins and protagonists of Volver a casa (1990), inhabit fragmented identities and bodies. A literary corpus provides a body upon which to forge a narrative "cure," but writing's economic system exposes the book to the same anxiety and fragmentation that splinter the writer's self. I conclude that through the body and illness, Millas's fictions contest the forces that attempt to forge a Post-Franco Spanish identity.
Issue Date:1998
Description:199 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912181
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1998

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