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‘Ni Engels, ni Freud, ni Reich’: Narratives of Modernity in Marvel Moreno’s En diciembre llegaban las brisas (1987)

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Article of journalElston, Cherilyn. (University of Cambridge, Reino Unido). ‘Ni Engels, ni Freud, ni Reich’: Narratives of Modernity in Marvel Moreno’s En diciembre llegaban las brisas (1987)Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 2015 vol. 92 no. 7 p. 805-824. Keywords:
Colombia
Literature

Abstract:

En diciembre llegaban las brisas (1987) by the Colombian writer Marvel Moreno has been largely excluded from literary history. The little critical work on the text has simply read it as a critique of patriarchy. However, as this article demonstrates, it is arguably one of the most important works of Latin American literature of the late twentieth century. I argue that the novel situates its feminist discourse in a complex theoretical framework constructed around the master narratives of modernity and their critiques, registering the contradictory transformations of twentieth-century modernity and the unravelling of its metanarratives in an increasingly postmodern world. Yet in showing how this does not simply reinforce a teleological shift from the modern to the postmodern, Boom to Post-Boom, Cold War to neoliberalism, this article goes even further to demonstrate that the novel’s multiple temporalities and complex ideological frameworks complicate the predominant paradigms of Latin American literary studies.

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