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A failed link between Chilean workers’ subversive past and submissive present in Diamela Eltit’s mano de obra

Lazo-Gonzalez, D. (2021) A failed link between Chilean workers’ subversive past and submissive present in Diamela Eltit’s mano de obra. Latin American Research Review, 56 (3). pp. 655-667. ISSN 1542-4278

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To link to this item DOI: 10.25222/larr.1090

Abstract/Summary

Mano de obra is one of the most studied novels written by the Chilean author Diamela Eltit (b. 1949). Scholars have paid particular attention to the novelʼs socioeconomic commentary at the level of the plot. They have not, however, conducted a close examination of how the novel expresses this criticism through its narrative form. Nor have they explored the relationship of the novelʼs literary techniques to the politico-cultural context that it portrays. This article engages in a close reading of the literary techniques that Mano de obra employs to depict a certain social context. It also addresses some politico-cultural implications of the novelʼs narrative form in the context of Chileʼs contemporary society to demonstrate that the novel foregrounds a sense of pessimism and hopelessness about linking Chilean workers’ subversive past with their submissive present.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > Spanish and Hispanic Studies
ID Code:101124
Publisher:Latin American Studies Association

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