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    Writing the state: "I the Supreme" by Augusto Roa Bastos

    Kraniauskas, John (2017) Writing the state: "I the Supreme" by Augusto Roa Bastos. In: Pous, F. and Quin, A. and Viera, M. (eds.) Authoritarianism, Cultural History and Political Resistance: Exposing Paraguay. Memory Politics and Transitional Justice. New York, U.S. and London, UK: Palgrave. ISBN 9783319535432. (In Press)

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    In this chapter I reflect on the ways in which Augusto Roa Bastos dramatizes the central aporia of J.J. Rousseau's "The Social Contract" in his well-known dictatorship novel "I the Supreme": the 'people' make the 'contract'; the 'contract' makes the 'people'. In the novel, Rousseau's jacobin figure of the Lawgiver becomes a dictator a thereby re-appropriates the sovereignty of the newly emerged 'people'.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages (to 2020)
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for, Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS)
    Depositing User: John Kraniauskas
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 11:15
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 01:49


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