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Reading Jose Maria Arguedas' letters. Building communication bridges in mid-twentieth century Peruvian society.

Nunez, Gabriela (2015) Reading Jose Maria Arguedas' letters. Building communication bridges in mid-twentieth century Peruvian society. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The life and production of the Peruvian writer José María Arguedas (1911-1969) show his capacity to build communication bridges among different cultural and social groups. It was likely the confluence of historical, sociological, and emotional factors that intersected Arguedas’ life that gave him the capacity to communicate with different cultural groups within Peruvian society. Arguedas’ capacity to build intercultural bridges is shown throughout all of his communication practices (literary and non-literary). His literary production (stories, novels, and poems) has been thoroughly studied; nevertheless, other communication practices such as his letters have not. The goal of this dissertation is to trace how Arguedas is constructing his voice through his letters and in doing so, how he is producing experimental strategies to present himself as a communication bridge so as to invite Peruvian society to be able to reach a better understanding.
This dissertation is divided in two parts. The first part focuses on how Arguedas constructs an image of himself through his letters. The second part of the dissertation focuses on the analysis of how Arguedas describes his world. Affective language present in his letters is a key element to interweave the different sections, while attempting to find the different communicational strategies that allowed Arguedas to construct his voice.
By so constructing his persona, he reveals his communication strategy of presenting himself as a pliable verbal platform between cultures of the Peruvian Andes and the Westernized coast. Nowadays this exceptional bridging capacity is better understood than ever before because he foretold what was going to happen in the future.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nunez, Gabrielagan11@pitt.eduGAN11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairZboray, Ronaldzboray@pitt.eduZBORAY
Committee MemberMonasterios, Elizabethelm15@pitt.eduELM15
Committee MemberMitchell, Gordon Rgordonm@pitt.eduGORDONM
Committee MemberMalin, Brentonbmalin@pitt.eduBMALIN
Date: 14 January 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 December 2014
Approval Date: 14 January 2015
Submission Date: 3 December 2014
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 267
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jose Maria Arguedas, letters, intercultural communication, Peruvian society, epistolary genre.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 06:15


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