Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

"José María Arguedas' Singular Modernity"

Lecture by Juan Carlos Ubilluz, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Wed, February 29, 2012 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Juan Carlos Ubilluz teaches indigenista literature, cinema and psychoanalytic theory at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is the author of Sacred Eroticism. Georges Bataille and Pierre Klossowski in the Latin American Erotic Novel (Bucknell University Press 2006), Contra el sueño de los justos. La literatura peruana ante la violencia política (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos 2006) and Nuevos súbditos. Cinismo y perversión en la sociedad contemporánea (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2006). Ubillluz is also the co-editor and co-author of Cultura política en el Perú. Entre el autoritarismo y la democracia anómica (2010)  and Industrias culturales. Máquinas de deseo (Red 2007). And he is the editor and co-author of a recent book on Hollywood cinema: La pantalla detrás del mundo. Las ficciones fundamentales de Hollywood (Red para el Desarrollo de Ciencias Sociales, 2012).

In 'Jose María Arguedas' Singular Modernity', I propose that literary indigenismo as a process of truth only begins with  
Arguedas' novel Yawar Fiesta. By a process of truth I mean the process of introducing the truth that comes with an event into an existing situation.  Yawar Fiesta is an Indigenista literary situation in which the different discourses of Enlightenment attempt to regulate the desire for political emancipation of Andean communities. With Arguedas' novel the truth of this desire makes its appearance in indigenista literature. The novelty of Arguedas' literary project is  
that he cuts through the opposition between a modern demand for progress and a postmodern demand for cultural tolerance in order to show that a truly Andean political desire presupposes but does not coincide with Enlightenment.

Sponsored by: Comparative Literature, The Department of Spanish & Portuguese

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