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Las formas del duelo : memoria, utopía y visiones apocalípticas en las narrativas de la guerrilla mexicana (1979-2008) Lara Aguilar, José Feliciano


This study analyzes six literary works of the Mexican contemporary guerrilla that covers the years 1979 to 2008: Al cielo por asalto (1979) by Agustín Ramos, ¿Por qué no dijiste todo? (1980) and La patria celestial (1992) by Salvador Castañeda, Morir de sed junto a la fuente. Sierra de Chihuahua 1968 (2001) by Minerva Armendáriz Ponce, Veinte de cobre (2004) by Fritz Glockner, and Vencer o morir (2008) by Leopoldo Ayala. In both their form and structure, these narratives address the notion of mourning, as well as its inherent categories, such as: work of mourning or grief work, melancholy, loss, grief, remnants, and specters, among others, which call into question and destabilize the generalized social discourse. In this tension, I observe the emergence of aesthetic languages that take place within the post-revolutionary imaginary of the 1960’s, and 1970’s with the exhaustion of revolutionary imaginary that was predominant in the preceding decades. These aesthetic languages provide mourning with new contents, organized in three fields: memory, utopia, and apocalyptic visions, which recreate mourning as a symbolic space where an important social struggle for the reconstruction of the past is still ongoing.

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