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Fictions of Totality

The Mexican Novel, 1968, and the National-Popular State

by Ryan F. Long

Publication Year: 2008

The Mexican government's brutal repression of the Student Movement of 1968 in the infamous Massacre of Tlatelolco exposed and exacerbated a serious crisis of political legitimacy. This study examines the cultural impact of this watershed event through historically contextualized readings of five paradigmatic novels: Carlos Fuentes's La region mas transparente (1958), Fernando del Paso's Jose Trigo (1966), Maria Luisa Mendoza's Con el, conmigo, con nosotros tres (1971), Jorge Aguilar Mora's Si muero lejos de ti (1979), and Hector Aguilar Camin's Morir en el golfo (1986).

Published by: Purdue University Press

Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

Between the 1950s and the 1980s, Mexico experienced a sig

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1. The Revolution Will Be Novelized: Carlos Fuentes's La regi

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pp. 15-47

The principal action of Carlos Fuentes’s La región más transparente (1958) takes place between 1951 and 1954 in Mexico City. An anonymous omniscient narrator shifts constantly from one story to the next. As a result, the reader gradually becomes familiar with numerous...

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2. Animating the Popular: Fernando del Paso's Jos

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pp. 49-79

José Trigo (1966), Fernando del Paso’s first novel, relates fictional accounts of three significant historical moments of post-Revolutionary Mexico: the Cristero Rebellion of 1926–29, the railroad workers’ movement of 1958–59, and, to a lesser but still important degree, the 1964...

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3. The Stained Plaza: Mar

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pp. 81-115

María Luisa Mendoza’s first novel, Con Él, conmigo, con nosotros tres (1971), is one of the earliest literary interpretations of the Tlatelolco massacre. A fictionalized, multi-perspective, semi-autobiographical account subtitled “cronovela,”...

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4. Totality in Post-Tlatelolco Mexico: Subjectivity and Interpellation in Jorge Aguilar Mora's Si muero lejos de ti

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pp. 117-149

Jorge Aguilar Mora’s second novel, Si muero lejos de ti (1979), tells a remarkable and strange story about violence and paintings set in Mexico City during the Student Movement of 1968 and the years following the Tlatelolco massacre. Its protagonist, Yoris, is a young...

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5. The "Machine of Savage Stories": State, Fiction, and Totality in H

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pp. 151-181

The unnamed narrator of Héctor Aguilar Camín’s first novel, Morir en el golfo (1986), is a journalist who finds himself wrapped up in the investigation of a series of what appear to be politically motivated murders. In March 1976 his erstwhile friend Francisco Rojano Gutiérrez...

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Conclusion

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pp. 183-185

The totalizing novel is the product of a centralized society whose goal is coherent, self-contained autonomy. Carlos Fuentes’s La región más transparente represents this ideal in its exhaustive effort to contain all of Mexico’s history within its pages and to present itself...

Notes

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pp. 187-202

Works Cited

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pp. 203-216

Index [Includes About the Author and Back Cover]

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pp. 217-223


E-ISBN-13: 9781612491233
E-ISBN-10: 1612491235
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557534873
Print-ISBN-10: 155753487X

Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
Series Editor Byline: Patricia Hart

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Subject Headings

  • Politics and literature -- Mexico.
  • National characteristics, Mexican, in literature.
  • Mexican fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
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