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The Fiction of Juan Rulfo: Irony, Revolution and Postcolonialism Amit Thakkar

The Fiction of Juan Rulfo: Irony, Revolution and Postcolonialism

Amit Thakkar

Published April 15th 2012
ISBN : 9781855662384
Hardcover
190 pages
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This is the first extended, English-language study to focus exclusively on the fiction of Juan Rulfo in over twenty years. It contains innovative analyses of a selection of short stories from Rulfos collection, El llano en llamas (1953). It alsoMoreThis is the first extended, English-language study to focus exclusively on the fiction of Juan Rulfo in over twenty years. It contains innovative analyses of a selection of short stories from Rulfos collection, El llano en llamas (1953). It also examines in great depth two of the main characters of Pedro Paramo (1955), Rulfos masterpiece and only novel. The book shows how Rulfos works can be read as exercises in irony directed against the rhetoric of post-Revolutionary Mexican governments. It also demonstrates the relevance of certain legacies of colony in Rulfos use of irony. Successive Mexican governments promoted a vision of post-Revolutionary society founded on specific notions of ethnicity, family, nation, education, religion and rural politics. The author combines examination of the speeches, images and newspaper articles which disseminated this vision with incisive literary analyses of Rulfos work. These analyses are informed both by his original theory of irony, based on internal and external referents, and by existing postcolonial theories, particularly those of Homi K. Bhabha. Amit Thakkar is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Lancaster University.