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Writing and the RevolutionVenezuelan Metafiction 2004-2012$
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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

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

Katie Brown

Liverpool University Press

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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