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Entre líneas: literatura marica colombiana

Giraldo Pulido, Daniel (2016) Entre líneas: literatura marica colombiana. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research maps a trajectory of several male Colombian writers, who informed their literary works by their own queer experiences. Poets Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Raúl Gómez-Jattin and Harold Alvarado Tenorio, and novelists Fernando Vallejo, Bernardo Arias Trujillo and Fernando Molano Vargas are the main group of study. However, other writers and critics from Latin America and the world are taken into account to establish the relations of influence between the literary expressions from Colombia and the rest of the world. This particular group of Colombian writers are called marica, instead of queer, in order to create a productive dialogue between these two categories and the fundamental differences between a secular terminology coined by European and North American scholars, and a terminology created upon the actual Colombian context: the union of State and Catholic church that I call “Colombian framework of traditions.” The main goal of this project is to present a coherent analysis of the most representative works of Colombian marica art from its first appearances at the end of the nineteenth century to today. Common features of this kind of art can be articulated in the form of a definition. Therefore, marica art can be defined as an ambivalent artistic expression that does not necessarily require an act of understanding, but a perception, a feeling or an affect, an act of “reading between the lines” that is made possible by a common sensibility shared between writer and reader. This marica sensibility is the product of a collective experience of marginalization, an experience resulting from the construction, within a highly religious social context, of a subversive identity based on a male same-sex desire. My dissertation explores these common features, and considers the insights, as well as the limitations, of queer theory in this matter. I create and develop new approaches through queer theory, subsequently expanding its range of action. This project aims to make a contribution to the field and to the understanding of the Catholic/normative tradition and its mechanisms of coercion that define and shape the lives and deaths of many marica Colombian men.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Giraldo Pulido, Danieldag104@pitt.eduDAG104
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Danieldbalder@pitt.eduDBALDER
Committee MemberDuchesne Winter, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduDUCHESNE0000-0002-0763-8205
Committee MemberMonasterios, Elizabethelm15@pitt.eduELM15
Committee MemberQuiroga, José
Date: 6 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 March 2016
Approval Date: 6 June 2016
Submission Date: 7 April 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 320
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: Porfirio Barba Jacob Bernardo Arias Trujillo Fernando Vallejo Raúl Gómez Jattin Harold Alvarado Tenorio Fernando Molano Vargas
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 15:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:32


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