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Chacón, Luis Enrique (2015) JUAN GARCÍA PONCE "EL MÍSTICO SIN FE":HACIA UNA REINTERPRETACIÓN DE SU ITINERARIO INTELECTUAL. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this dissertation I analyze Juan García Ponce's novel Crónica de la intervención (1980). There are four aspects of this novel that I am focusing on. The first aspect is the intellectual and cultural context reflected in the novel. This cultural context is at the same time a portrait and a critique of the intellectual dynamics in Mexico during the 1960's. In this aspect I show how the intellectual formation of García Ponce is reflected in the novel and how he defines his position in relation to the literary field.
The second aspect is religion and how religious ideas emerge in this novel. Crónica de la intervención has numerous references to Catholic rituals and practices. On the one hand, the ritualistic and religious practices were important on García Ponce's life and work, and I propose that some of his ritual practices owed a lot to healing rituals; on the other, I propose that these religious references achieve a powerful critique of religion and shows how the social beliefs are in profound crisis since the beginning of the modernity, and how in Mexican society religion is a facade and lacks meaningful content.
The third aspect is eroticism. In this part I respond to other critics of García Ponce about this element of his narration. I am analyzing this aspect on its socio-historical context. Taking off from two of García Ponce’s essays, I argue that he uses eroticism as a device of social subversion and as a powerful element to generate social changes through sexuality. I show that what he clearly states in these essays about subverting the humanist values of the sexuality and the conceptions of the body is reflected in Crónica.
In the last part of this dissertation I analyze the relation of García Ponce to critical theory, principally with the ideas of Herbert Marcuse. García Ponce translated three books and other short writings by Marcuse. Marcuse's ideas were very influential on García Ponce's writings; I show in this part how this novel was conceived, taking in account many of the philosophical ideas assimilated through the work of translation


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chacón, Luis Enriqueluc10@pitt.eduLUC10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Danieldbalder@pitt.eduDBALDER
Committee MemberBranche, Jeromebranche@pitt.eduBRANCHE
Committee MemberJosten, Jenniferjej40@pitt.eduJEJ40
Committee MemberGarcia, Armandoarg93@pitt.eduARG93
Date: 11 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 December 2014
Approval Date: 11 September 2015
Submission Date: 14 August 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 202
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Juan García Ponce, erotismo, formación intelectual, México, crónica de la intervención, ritual, campo literario.
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2015 19:11
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:30


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