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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor's Name

Santiago Juan-Navarro

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Second Advisor's Name

Andrea Fanta

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Third Advisor's Name

Nicola Gavioli

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Astrid Arraras

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Otherness, populism, peronism, violence, residual bodies.

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Juan Diego Incardona is one of the most relevant voices in the so-called “Nueva Narrativa Argentina” (New Argentinean Narrative)”—a literary movement originating circa 1983 that has renewed Argentinean literary production and redefined historical identity in Latin American literature. Through an analysis of Incardona’s Villa Celina (2008), El campito (2009), Rock barrial (2010), and Las estrellas federales (2016)—a quartet known as “Saga Celinense”—this dissertation explores a new cartography (not seen before in Argentinean literature) of the peripheral slums away from the Capital City as hotbeds of a strong political ideology—namely, Peronism. These communities have been historically marginalized, ignored, and made invisible by the cannon. This dissertation seeks to cover this gap and examine Otherness, Peronism, and Violence as three pivotal components to understand the political ramifications of the New Argentinean Narrative.

Otherness in the Celinense quartet leads to several expressions of violence (ideological, environmental, and governmental), which this dissertation examines from the perspective of Baudrillard’s theory of residual bodies and in their historical context. In Incardona’s novels, civil violence against citizens on the streets and the repression executed by the government in the literary realm establish a dialogue with the dark periods of Argentinean history. Thus, Peronism, considered the first populist movement in modern Latin America, percolates the four novels dissecting the perception of Otherness. The Celinense novels evoke a national dynamic based on personal ideology that has antagonized the country since the mid-20th century.





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