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When Was Tomorrow? Manipulation of Time and Memory in the Works of Mexican Onda

Carpenter, Victoria (2010) When Was Tomorrow? Manipulation of Time and Memory in the Works of Mexican Onda. In: Carpenter, Victoria, (ed.) (Re)Collecting the Past: History and Collective Memory in Latin American Literature. Oxford, Peter Lang, pp. 37-57

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Abstract

This essay is a part of a research project examining the changing nature of the text in La Onda - a counterliterary movement in Mexico (1963-1971). The study addresses the works of the three contributors to the movement: José Agustín, Parménides García Saldaña and Gustavo Sainz.

The nature of the text in La Onda has been transforming throughout the movement - from the publication of José Agustín’s La Tumba (1963) to Parménides García Saldaña’s El rey criollo (1971), ultimately leading to the dissolution of the text through the change in the relationship between narrators and protagonists. The nature of La Onda text is affected by the changes of the narratorship, the relationship between the narrator and the protagonist(s), the musicality of the text, and the transcultural influences on the Onda language. The result is a new style termed by some critics ‘the Onda banter’.

This essay focuses on the process of remembering, forgetting and re-creating which contributes to the destruction of the traditional text. The study argues that forgetting and remembering or re-building characters reconstructs the narrative in such a way that disrupts the linear progression of the text and ultimately leads to the destruction of the original narrative through the destruction or re-creation of the protagonists.

Item Type: Book Section
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/1446

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