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De dioses y hombres: La negación de la cultura precolombina de México en “Coatlicue” de Elena Poniatowska y “Chac Mool” de Carlos Fuentes

Moreira Hagvall, Ana Louise LU (2018) ÄSPA51 20172
Spanish Studies
Educational Sciences
Abstract
The following study compares Carlos Fuentes’ “Chac Mool” (1954) with Elena Poniatowska’s “Coatlicue” (2003). Both literary works are short stories that belong to a literary genre known as the Fantastic, which is, in turn, a genre in which a reader will be met with a credible setting, not too different from their own, but in which various supernatural elements manifest themselves and disturb the stability and perception of the reader’s and/or the character’s reality. Furthermore, this study aims to show how both authors use this genre to allow the gods, which are main character’s in both short stories, to represent the undeniable presence of Mexico’s Mesoamerican culture, and how the human characters represent the negation and discomfort... (More)
The following study compares Carlos Fuentes’ “Chac Mool” (1954) with Elena Poniatowska’s “Coatlicue” (2003). Both literary works are short stories that belong to a literary genre known as the Fantastic, which is, in turn, a genre in which a reader will be met with a credible setting, not too different from their own, but in which various supernatural elements manifest themselves and disturb the stability and perception of the reader’s and/or the character’s reality. Furthermore, this study aims to show how both authors use this genre to allow the gods, which are main character’s in both short stories, to represent the undeniable presence of Mexico’s Mesoamerican culture, and how the human characters represent the negation and discomfort felt by members of Mexican society when confronted by their past and the past of their country. The conflicts that arise between both counterparts continues being of vast importance as they uncover matters that are still relevant in present-day society. A conclusion to this study shows how both Fuentes and Poniatowska include Fantastic elements and phenomena as catalyzers that pave the way for the transmission of the aforementioned themes and messages in both of their short stories. (Less)
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Esta tesina compara a “Chac Mool” (1954) de Carlos Fuentes y “Coatlicue” (2003) de Elena Poniatowska, dos cuentos que pertenecen al género literario conocido como lo fantástico, donde existe un espacio verosímil donde hay uno o varios fenómenos sobrenaturales que perturban la estabilidad y la percepción de la realidad. La tesina trata de mostrar cómo ambos autores usan este género para permitir que los dioses, que son personajes principales en ambos cuentos, simbolicen la presencia innegable de la cultura mesoamericana, que se encuentra en México, y cómo los conflictos y enfrentamientos que surgen entre estos dioses y los protagonistas humanos refleja la negación e inquietud que mucha gente en la sociedad mexicana siente al enfrentarse con... (More)
Esta tesina compara a “Chac Mool” (1954) de Carlos Fuentes y “Coatlicue” (2003) de Elena Poniatowska, dos cuentos que pertenecen al género literario conocido como lo fantástico, donde existe un espacio verosímil donde hay uno o varios fenómenos sobrenaturales que perturban la estabilidad y la percepción de la realidad. La tesina trata de mostrar cómo ambos autores usan este género para permitir que los dioses, que son personajes principales en ambos cuentos, simbolicen la presencia innegable de la cultura mesoamericana, que se encuentra en México, y cómo los conflictos y enfrentamientos que surgen entre estos dioses y los protagonistas humanos refleja la negación e inquietud que mucha gente en la sociedad mexicana siente al enfrentarse con su pasado y el pasado de su país. Estos conflictos que surgen entre ambas partes reflejan asuntos que siguen siendo sumamente relevantes en la sociedad de hoy en día. Este estudio concluye que los autores usan elementos y fenómenos sobrenaturales como catalizadores para poder transmitir y dar paso a los temas de sus cuentos. (Less)
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Moreira Hagvall, Ana Louise LU
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ÄSPA51 20172
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Carlos Fuentes, "Chac Mool", chacmool, "Coatlicue", Elena Poniatowska, Aztec, the Fantastic, lo fantástico
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Spanish
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8933222
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2018-01-22 11:42:10
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  keyword      = {Carlos Fuentes,"Chac Mool",chacmool,"Coatlicue",Elena Poniatowska,Aztec,the Fantastic,lo fantástico},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {De dioses y hombres: La negación de la cultura precolombina de México en “Coatlicue” de Elena Poniatowska y “Chac Mool” de Carlos Fuentes},
  year         = {2018},
}