Two paths to the Boom: Carpentier, Asturias, and the performative split

Authors
Citation
S. Henighan, Two paths to the Boom: Carpentier, Asturias, and the performative split, MOD LANG R, 94, 1999, pp. 1009-1024
Citations number
59
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
94
Year of publication
1999
Part
4
Pages
1009 - 1024
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(199910)94:<1009:TPTTBC>2.0.ZU;2-T
Abstract
The Spanish-American Boom novel stems from the integration of two trends co mmon to cultural production in peripheral societies: the mythologization of the past and the negotiation of power relationships with hegemonic or colo nizing powers. The performative split between these two tendencies, identif ied by Homi K. Bhabba, corresponds most closely in the Spanish-American cas e to the narrative trajectories of the novels of Alejo Carpentier and Migue l Angel Asturias. The novels of the Boom create a fruitful fusion of the my thologization of national history and the hybridizing vision born of negoti ation with the metropolis around 1960, as the two paths that facilitated th is fusion decline.