1st Edition

Written in Exile Chilean Fiction From 1973-Present

By Ignacio Lopez-Calvo Copyright 2001

    On September 11, 1973, Chile's General Pinochet led a quick and brutal military coup ousting the Allende government. Ignacio Lopez-Calvo argues that the rise of the Pinochet dictatorship and the subsequent imprisonment of any Allende sympathizers shaped Chilean narrative into two structural forms: liberationist narrative--cathartic, journalistic testimonies that provide models for revolutionary behavior against authoritarianism and demystifying narrative, which uses the events of 1973, as well as the colonial aspirations of European countries, as a "Paradise Lost" backdrop in which the characters of this type of fiction are able to create their non-political realities that become models of democratization.

    1. Introduction 12. Social and Historical Context 3. Contextualization of Liberation Thought and the Exile Discourse in the Chilean Narrative Abroad 4. Tension Among Social Classes: Preliminaries of the 5. The Testimonial and Liberationist Narrative 6. Other Discourses of Liberation 7. The Demythologizing Novel


    Dr. Ignacio Lopez-Calvo was born in Segovia, Spain. He received his Bachelor's degree in English Philiosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has a book in press: Marcos Aguinis: Historica de la opresion to be published by Edwin Mellen press in 2001. With over 30 articles, original poems, and book reviews published in journals such as Cuadernos Americanos, La Torre, Confluencia, Alba de America, and Francographies, his main areas of research are Southern Cone narrative fiction in relation to Latin American thought and twentieth-century Latin American poetry. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Spanish at California State University, Los Angeles.