Pasavento. Review of Hispanic Studies, vol. VI, n.º 2 (Summer 2018), pp. 451-469, ISSN: 2255-4505

THE GHOSTS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: SIMULACRA AND EMOTIONAL RESTORATION IN LOS VIVOS Y LOS MUERTOS

Carlos Yushimito del Valle

cyushimito@gmail.com


Abstract

This article examines the appropriation that Edmundo Paz Soldan makes of images and stereotypes of American white middle class disseminated by mass culture in his novel Los vivos y los muertos. We argue that the Bolivian author, in line with the current Latin American transnational narrative, build a “simulacra” of American life, in order to reveal the negative aspects of the expansion of neoliberalism, the saturation of its consumption practices or excesses of control and state surveillance, proposing, moreover, the healing function of writing.


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Keywords

Globalization; Transnacionalism; McOndo; Simulacra; Paz Soldán

Reception Date

01.30.2018

Definitive Acceptance Date

15.07.2018

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