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Katie Brown

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786942197

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786942197.001.0001

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Challenging the National Narrative

Challenging the National Narrative

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(p.81) Chapter 3 Challenging the National Narrative
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Writing and the Revolution
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Katie Brown

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942197.003.0004

With the resurgence of nationalism in Venezuela instigated by Hugo Chávez, cultural policy posits reading and writing as tools for building a national community. Chapter 3 examines how (auto)fictional writers counter this national narrative by asserting the place of the individual or the family (El niño malo cuenta hasta cien y se retira [Chirinos, 2004], Todas las lunas [Kozak Rovero, 2011] and Rating [Barrera Tyszka, 2011]), or exploring the complexities of national identity (Círculo croata [Zupcic, 2006] and Transilvania unplugged [Sánchez Rugeles, 2011]). This trend mirrors the ‘subjective turn’ which characterised the texts written in opposition to the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1948-1958). The chapter concludes that some characters define themselves as ‘writers’ to circumvent issues of national identity.

Keywords:   Nationalism, National identity, Introspection, Subjective turn, Writing

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