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Title:Incongruent subjects: crisis narratives in Argentina and Spain (2001-2012)
Author(s):Stasevicius, Maria L
Director of Research:Delgado, Luisa Elena
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Tolliver, Joyce; Beckman, Ericka; Ledesma, Eduardo
Department / Program:Spanish and Portuguese
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Financial crisis
Cultural Studies
Abstract:Incongruent Subjects: Crisis Narratives in Argentina and Spain (2001-2012) studies narrative fiction and film produced in Argentina and Spain in the last decades, focusing on the cultural construction and representation of the recent financial and political crises and its effects on middle class citizens. In the analysis, crisis narratives are examined to conceptualize the reactions to these severe financial defaults by characters which formerly functioned as the very fabric of the politico-economic system now in a state of emergency. Drawing from an interdisciplinary theoretical background, it is argued that the experience of crisis for these incongruent subjects entails not only the loss of access to the means of production, but also a reinterpretation of the conditions of its citizenship as precarious. In this context, "incongruent" (Di Tella, 1973; Bartra, 2013) refers to the clash between the subject’s expectations and his/her material reality financial and political. At the same time, the study of the crisis narratives demonstrates how these discourses from Spain and Argentina are indelibly marked by their violent authoritarian pasts, and more recent neoliberal experiences that also redefine the meaning of the democratic. Finally, it is also argued that the transatlantic cultural texts analyzed replicate the very logic and language of capital, which leads to the analysis of these discourses in terms of meaning and function.
Issue Date:2016-11-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Maria Stasevicius
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12

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