Neoliberal Noir: Bearing Witness to Systemic and Subjective Violence in Mexico

Show simple item record Frazier, Karen 2017-01-26T22:19:25Z NO_RESTRICTION 2017-01-26T22:19:25Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract This study is focused on the novela negra in twenty-first century Mexico and the ways in which authors have used the genre to engage with the realities of violence, fear, and insecurity in their nation. The three novels explored in this study were written and published in the first decade of the twenty-first century by Mexican authors—La voluntad y la fortuna (2008) by Carlos Fuentes, Hotel DF (2010) by Guillermo Fadanelli, and La muerte me da (2007) by Cristina Rivera-Garza. Analysis shows how they have adapted the novela negra to attempt to make sense of the symbolic and subjective violence in recent decades in Mexico. By centering their narratives around the novela negra’s void, what Slavoj Zizek calls the “blank of the unexplained,” each of these authors count on the genre’s tendency toward dark and disenchanted narration of the present and a pessimistic vision of the future, to examine the crimes of contemporary life in Mexico. These are crimes that reverberate throughout the entire national community and have done so for centuries, affecting everyone to differing degrees but affecting everyone nonetheless. As such, each of these novels is concerned with examining the nation through narrative, but in such a way that it stands in opposition to the totalizing narratives of the mid-twentieth century. Rather than attempting to establish a unifying ideal to subsume a radically heterogeneous nation under one coherent narrative, these novels explore the ways that distance and interconnection are negotiated within the national community, offering alternative accounts of the nation and questioning its viability as a construct, but ultimately being unable to abandon the nation as a concept. Moreover, functioning in opposition to the traditional detective narrative, which celebrates knowledge, mastery, and certainty, these narratives have turned the novela negra genre on its head to reinforce the need to recognize what we do not know and what we cannot explain in a context of generalized violence.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Mexico
dc.subject twenty-first century
dc.subject Carlos Fuentes
dc.subject Guillermo Fadanelli
dc.subject Cristina Rivera Garza
dc.subject detective fiction noir novela negra
dc.title Neoliberal Noir: Bearing Witness to Systemic and Subjective Violence in Mexico
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PHD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Romance Languages & Literatures: Spanish
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember Jenckes, Katharine Miller
dc.contributor.committeemember Gunckel, Colin
dc.contributor.committeemember Sabau Fernandez, Ana
dc.contributor.committeemember Voionmaa, Daniel Noemi
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Romance Languages and Literature
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Humanities
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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