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Power Tug of War: Hegemonic and Posthegemonic Text Control in Gustavo Sainz’s Obsesivos días circulares (1969)

Carpenter, Victoria (2015) Power Tug of War: Hegemonic and Posthegemonic Text Control in Gustavo Sainz’s Obsesivos días circulares (1969). In: Thakkar, Amit and Harris, Chris, (eds.) Men, Power and Liberation: Readings of Masculinities in Spanish American Literatures. Routledge

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Abstract

Connell and Messerschmidt’s article ‘Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept’ re-evaluates the popular term to produce ‘a more complex model of gender hierarchy’ (829). The notion of hierarchy influenced by power redistribution is the foundation of the present study of the works of the Mexican Onda movement. This paper will examine the aspect of text control previously left out of the narratological interpretation of the concept of hegemonic masculinity. My article on hegemonic masculinity and text ownership in the Onda works examined power struggle between the first-person narrator and editor with the view to determine the effect this struggle has on character (re)creation (Carpenter 2010). This essay will consider power struggle between the narrator and protagonists as an example of the relationship between hegemony and posthegemony. For this purpose, the theoretical foundation for the analysis will be amended to include Jon Beasley-Murray’s (2010) work on posthegemony. The text examined in this presentation is Gustavo Sainz’s novel Obsesivos días circulares (1969), since it provides a number of protagonists in a first-person narrative. It also offers a particularly interesting first-person narrator, whose apparent ‘ramblings’ and the mostly non-sequitur text created by him have led most critics to consider him insane and to dismiss the protagonists of the novel as figments of his imagination. The analysis based upon hegemonic masculinity and posthegemony theories will clarify the process of the narrator’s and protagonists’ attempts to control the text.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Men, Power and Liberation: Readings of Masculinities in Spanish American Literatures on 03/06/2015, available online: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138908949”
Status: Published
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
School/Department: Academic Development Directorate
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1420

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