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The Death of the Storyteller and the Poetics of (Un)Containment: Juan Rulfo’s El llano en llamas

Bell, LAJ (2012) The Death of the Storyteller and the Poetics of (Un)Containment: Juan Rulfo’s El llano en llamas The Modern Language Review, 107 (3). pp. 815-836.

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Abstract

Critics have often read Juan Rulfo's El Llano en llamas (1953) as a return to the oral storytelling tradition. My contention, however, is that his short stories constitute an eminently modern break from cultural, narrative tradition—or what Ángel Rama has termed transculturation. I first explore how the death of the storyteller, prophesied by Walter Benjamin (1936), is staged within Rulfo's stories; and second, how Rulfo uses fragmentation as a literary device, which in turn potentiates further transculturative processes. I argue that it is in the ruins of traditional narrative that new meanings, stories, and relations emerge.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
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Date : January 2012
Identification Number : 10.5699/modelangrevi.107.3.0815
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Bell LAJ (2012). The Death of the Storyteller and the Poetics of (Un)Containment: Juan Rulfo’s El llano en llamas. The Modern Language Review 107(3):815-836 Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.107.3.issue-3
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Date Deposited : 01 Mar 2013 13:37
Last Modified : 26 Nov 2014 14:14
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/761384

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