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Tres escrituras del yo : aproximaciones a las narrativas de Margarita García Robayo, PowerPaola y Andrés Felipe Solano Castillo Rojas, Camilo


This study establishes how three Colombian writers, Margarita García Robayo (1980), PowerPaola (1977), and Andrés Felipe Solano (1977), express their personal and literary experience through life writing. The autofiction Lo que no aprendí (2014), the autobiographical graphic narration Virus Tropical (2011), and the literary diary Corea: apuntes desde la cuerda floja (2016), are different types of life-writing which fill the mobile stage created by the “biographical space” (Leonor Arfuch). Even tough it is possible to see these life-writing texts like primary or simple discursive genres (Mijail Bajtin), from the perspective of this study these works by García Robayo, Solano and PowerPaola are read as secondary (complex, as Bajtin mentioned) texts. This research points out how these works occur in a more elaborated condition of communication, rework diverse primary discourses and transform themselves into secondary texts. These writings, therefore, pass from simple situations of everyday life to become artistic events. The first-person narrator, character who is witness and participant of every single experience, weaves the life writings analyzed here. Nevertheless, this singular perspective does not mean that these writings have a solipsistic intention. This study reflects how these works are linked to the Colombian context and culture, indicates the way that the authors critique and think over Colombian society and their vision about what to expect in the future for the South American country facing the twenty-first century. Finally, these life-writings develop not only the identity of the subject, but also weave the “author’s fiction” (Julio Premat) inside their narratives. This investigation determines how Margarita García Robayo, PowerPaola, and Andrés Felipe Solano create their own image as authors inside their works. The purpose is to identify why these Colombian writers build their image in a particular way and determine tools for researchers in the creative writing process.

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