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dc.contributor.advisorSan Roman, Gustavo
dc.contributor.advisorO'Leary, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorKardak, Karunika
dc.coverage.spatial283 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the representation of key events from the nineteenth century in five Uruguayan historical novels published in the aftermath of the country’s recent dictatorship (1973-85). It answers the following research questions: how does historical fiction utilise the past in order to address concerns of national identity and cultural memory in the present? And how does it reassess the country’s foundational myths by portraying both national heroes and historically marginalised figures? Using the methodological and theoretical tools of memory and identity studies, it analyses how the selected authors engage with archival sources, school textbooks and other received historical sources, as well as forms of material culture such as monuments, to enhance their interpretations of the past. In doing so, this study also aims to trace the development of the historical novel genre in this key period of post-dictatorship Uruguay. The selected novels, published over the course of twenty-four years (1988-2011), fictionalise both well-known and relatively unnoticed incidents from the country’s past. They include Tomás de Mattos’s ¡Bernabé, Bernabé! (1988), based on the massacre of the indigenous Charrúas (1831) and its aftermath; Amir Hamed’s Artigas Blues Band (1994), which subverts the myths surrounding the national hero José Artigas (1764-1850); Susana Cabrera’s Las esclavas del Rincón (2001), which unearths the historical murder of an elite Montevidean woman by her slaves in 1821; Mario Delgado Aparaín’s No robarás las botas de los muertos (2002), on the Siege of Paysandú in 1864-65; and lastly, Amores cimarrones. Las mujeres de Artigas (2011) by Marcia Collazo Ibáñez, which portrays the lives of six women related to Artigas. The thesis concludes that these works reflect upon issues of identity and memory to propose more egalitarian and pluralistic versions of them for Uruguay’s post-dictatorship present.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"Finally, this doctoral thesis would not have been possible without the University of St Andrews Seventh Century PhD Studentship, the L J Woodward Memorial Scholarship and Ministry of Social Welfare and Development Fund of Maharashtra, India. Moreover, the Santander Mobility grant, the D.J. Gifford Prize and the Society of Latin American Studies Postgraduate Travel Grant helped me conduct research in Montevideo, Uruguay. Additionally, financial support from the University of St Andrews discretionary fund allowed me to finish the final year of my research. I am extremely thankful for all of the above." -- Acknowledgementsen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectUruguayan literatureen_US
dc.subjectLatin American cultural studiesen_US
dc.subjectHistorical novelsen_US
dc.subjectCultural memoryen_US
dc.subjectIdentity studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshHistorical fiction, Uruguayanen
dc.subject.lcshUruguayan fiction--20th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshUruguayan fiction--21st centuryen
dc.titleOpening up the archive : memory, identity and historical fiction in Uruguay (1988-2011)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. 7th century Scholarshipen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. School of Modern Languages. L. J. Woodward Memorial Scholarshipen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorMaharashtra (India). Department of Social Welfareen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 1st August 2024en

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