Nation, myth, cosmovision, and self: literary representations of transculturation, nation-building, and citizenship in Juyungo, Changó, el gran putas, and Chambacú, corral de negros

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Blaine Romon' Winford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Claudia Cabello-Hutt

Abstract: This thesis compares the portrayal of nation-building, myth creation, and the determination of citizenship in the imagined community as presented in Adalberto Ortiz's Juyungo, as well as Manuel Zapata Olivella's Changó, el gran putas and Chambacú, corral de negros. Both authors employ elements of social and historical realism, as well as highlight issues of citizenship in the Americas that concern the African Diaspora (discrimination, miscegenation, liberation, intercultural alliance, etc.). However, there are major differences in the literary innovations that are employed in these works and the geographic trajectory of each text. Whereas Juyungo localizes its action in the mostly-black province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador (and, as an extension, Colombia's Pacific lowlands) during the early 20th century, Changó is an attempt to traverse an entire hemisphere and an entire Diaspora. These circumstances, I argue, affect the literary innovations that each author utilizes. Chambacú, because of its structural similarities to Juyungo, will act as a facilitator for comparison between the two authors.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Citizenship, Adalberto Ortiz, Juyungo, Manuel Zapata Olivella, Changó, el gran putas and Chambacú, corral de negros
Citizenship in literature
Zapata Olivella, Manuel. $t Chambacu´, corral de negros. $x Criticism and interpretataion
Zapata Olivella, Manuel. $t Chango´, el gran putas $x Criticism and interpretation
Ortiz, Adalberto $x Criticism and interpretation

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