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    Arguedas' joy: opening history in "The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below"

    Hibbett, Alexandra (2012) Arguedas' joy: opening history in "The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below". Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 21 (3), pp. 379-389. ISSN 1356-9325.

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    Many read The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below, by José María Arguedas, as a tragic expression of the breaking-point of Andean myth. Others, while recognizing a tragic dimension to the novel, also see a joyous one that they associate with the hope that myth and modernity could come together to form a harmonious new society. This article argues for a reading of the novel as joyful as well as tragic, taking distance from most understandings of the novel's ‘hopeful’ dimension in arguing that both joy and suffering, together, are expressions of the novel's profoundly modern intervention in and opening up of history. I examine the passage in which the fox-human Diego joyously ‘dances the machines’ in don Ángel's factory in order to discuss how the modernity of the novel is related to this affect where joy and suffering are one, showing that it is at the level of joy-suffering that the novel is able to open up a space of indistinctness that has the potential to generate a radically new community no longer based upon the logic of identity and difference.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 08:42
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:58


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