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First published: October 19, 2013 - Last updated: December 1, 2023


Author: Allison Joyce Libbey

Title: The Telling of Trauma

Subtitle: Narratives of Rape on Twentieth-Century Hispanic Culture

Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Virginia

Advisors: Gustavo Pellón, Mané Lagos, Andrew Anderson, and Susan Fraiman

Year: 2013

Pages: 272pp.

OCLC Number: 855203176 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Amerian History: Argentine History, Chilean History, Ecuadorean History, Mexican History, Peruvian History, U.S. History; European History: Spanish History | Types: Rape / Child Sexual Abuse; Prison Rape; Victims: Social Status / Prisoners; Representations: Literary Texts / Luz Arce, José María Arguedas, Sandra Cisneros, Ariel Dorfman, Carlos Fuentes, Ana María Moix, Silvina Ocampo, Alfredo Pareja Diez-Canseco, Ramón Pérez de Ayala, Armando Ramírez


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Abstract: »The following dissertation contains a narratological approach to contemporary rape narratives in Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina literature. By comparing modern stories of rape trauma to traditional myths and literature, it explores the ways in which certain contextual and narratological aspects of these works have evolved. Also discussed is the way in which contemporary rape myths, such as the belief that women desire rape, are portrayed in many of the texts under consideration. By combining a dual emphasis on narrative and story, the end result is an approach based on feminist narratology. The first chapter contains an analysis of the way in which a woman's violated body is traditionally used to represent larger social abuses. Her rape acts as a catalyst that inspires revolution, which ends in positive political change. By analyzing Ramón Pérez de Ayala's Luz de domingo and José María Arguedas's El Sexto, this study examines the manner in which these two twentieth-century novels subvert this traditional ending. The following chapter focuses on a newer literary topic of the rape of children. Ana María Moix's Julia, Silvina Ocampo's "El pecado mortal," and Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street represent child rape from the victim's perspective. This allows for a close examination of psychological and emotional repercussions as well as for analysis of the way in which a child's understanding of rape is conveyed in these works. The rapist's perspective is then discussed in Alfredo Pareja Diez-Canseco's Hombres sin tiempo, Ramón Pérez de Ayala's La caída de los Limones, Carlos Fuentes's La muerte de Artemio Cruz, and Armando Ramírez's Violación en Polanco. The analysis of these works focuses on two specific questions: whether the narrator/rapist is reliable or unreliable and whether or not he is portrayed in a manner that elicits readers' sympathy. The last chapter returns to the connection between rape and politics in Ariel Dorfman's La muerte y la doncella and Luz Arce's El infierno, which discuss the rape and torture of female political prisoners in Chile. The critical focus is on how they discuss subject of rape as well as on their historical value.« (Source: LibraETD)

  Acknowledgements (p. iv)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter 1 - Contemporary Reworking of a Traditional Motif: the End of Rape as a Call to Revolution (p. 22)
  Chapter 2 - Reading Betwenn the Lines: Narratives of Child Rape (p. 76)
  Chapter 3 - Ca We Trust Him? Readers' Reactions to the Narration of Rape From the Rapist's Perspective (p. 137)
  Chapter 4 - Breaking the Silence: Literary Testimony about Rape in Post-Dictatorial Chile (p. 179)
  Conclusion - Towards a Rhetoric of Rape Narratives (p. 233)
  Works Cited (p. 244)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Spain | History of the Americas: History of Argentina | History of the Americas: History of Chile / Military dictatorship of Chile | History of the Americas: History of Ecuador | History of the Americas: History of Mexico | History of the Americas: History of Peru | History of the Americas: History of the United States | Literature: American literature / Sandra Cisneros | Literature: Argentine literature / Silvina Ocampo | Literature: Chilean literature / Ariel Dorfman | Literature: Ecudorian literature / Alfredo Pareja Diez-Canseco | Literature: Mexican literature / Carlos Fuentes | Literature: Peruvian literature / José María Arguedas, Literature: Spanish literature / Ana María Moix, Ramón Pérez de Ayala | Literature: Rape in fiction / Child sexual abuse in fiction | Sex and the law: Rape / Child sexual abuse