Sub-Versions of the Archive

Carlos Riobó

Manuel Puig's and Severo Sarduy's Alternative Identities

231 pages

Sub-Versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig's and Severo Sarduy's Alternative Identities analyzes recent theories of the archive to examine how Manuel Puig and Severo Sarduy reformulate the Latin American literary tradition. This study focuses on eclectic theories of the archive as both repository and danger, drawing from an array of sources both within and outside the Hispanic literary tradition: from Borges, Foucault, Arrom, Derrida, González Echevarría, and Guillory to digital media and biotechnology. This book also applies theories of cultural contamination (Maria Lugones) and symbolic capital (Pierre Bourdieu) to the novels of Puig and Sarduy to explore the representation of marginal cultures within a body of literature that previously altered or elided these subaltern cultures from tradition.

About the author:

Carlos Riobó is assistant professor of Latin American literature and cultures at The City College of New York/City University of New York and Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at CUNY's Graduate Center.


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