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Title: Beyond the boundaries : textual multiplicity in the works of Ángeles Mastretta
Author: Lavery, J. C.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2003
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The aim of the present thesis is to examine the work of the Mexican novelist Ángeles Mastretta (1949), a writer whose achievement has only recently received significant critical attention partly because her work has been seen as 'popular' and therefore inappropriate for serious academic study. This dissertation seeks to demonstrate the rich complexity and range of Mastretta's postmodern narratives. The Appendix reproduces my interview with Mastretta which has been published in Anales de Literatura Hispanoamericana. The critical period of the Mexican Revolution left a deep impression on Mexican literature and the Mexican Revolutionary Novel has clearly influenced Mastretta particularly in her use of neorealist, testimonial and journalistic techniques. Her work restores some of the lost voices of the past, especially those of women. Two of her novels explore the Revolutionary period and its consequences in the light of female experiences and perspectives. Within the narrative structure of these novels the creative memory and the 'on-going' present work together to reshape the historic past, transcribing and re-transcribing the peculiar processes of self-discovery. A major aspect of Mastretta's fiction is her emphasis on the textual and sexual body of her narratives. My focus is on those private spaces and my treatment of 'physical' reality leads to a consideration of the 'body' of the text, highlighting the links and parallels between these literal and metaphorical spheres. Mastretta's feminist works avoid facile simplifications: heterogeneous and dialogical, they interweave the historical and the fictional, the everyday and the fantastic, the frivolous and the serious. The originality of Mastretta's writing lies in its elusive postmodern ambiguities whose shimmering surfaces are often interrupted by unexpected depths and whose proliferating meanings cannot be fully circumscribed by critical analysis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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