“Fiction makes a better job of the truth”: dialogism, oppositional consciousness and re-membering in the novels of Helena María Viramontes

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dc.contributor.advisor Finnegan, Nuala en
dc.contributor.author McNamara, Niamh
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-02T11:33:59Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation McNamara, N. 2014. “Fiction makes a better job of the truth”: dialogism, oppositional consciousness and re-membering in the novels of Helena María Viramontes. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 260
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1956
dc.description.abstract This thesis comprises close textual analyses of Chicana author Helena María Viramontes' two published novels, Under the Feet of Jesus (1995) and Their Dogs Came With Them (2007). These analyses fall under three broad frameworks: space, time and body. Chapter One engages with the first of these frameworks, space, and explores concepts of cognitive mapping and heteroptopias. Chapter Two, which looks at time, employs theories of intertextuality and the palimpsest, while Chapter Three looks at the interrrelationship between mythology and images of the body in the texts. This study emerges five years after the publication of Viramontes' last novel, Their Dogs Came With Them, but offers fresh insight into the contribution of the author to both the Chicano literary tradition and also the U.S. canon through her critique of hegemonic power structures that suppress not only the voices of lower class ethnic citizens but also of ethnic writers. In particular, her work chastises the paucity of attention given to ethnic women writers in the U.S. This thesis reaffirms Viramontes' position as one of the most important writers living and writing in the U.S. today. It corroborates her work as a contestation against ethnic and gender suppression, and applauds the craftsmanship of her narrative style that delicately but decisively exposes the socio-political wrongs that occur in ocntemporary U.S. society. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://library.ucc.ie/record=b2099140
dc.rights © 2014, Niamh McNamara. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Helena Maria Viramontes en
dc.subject Chicana en
dc.subject Chicano Studies en
dc.subject Under the Feet of Jesus en
dc.subject Their Dogs Came With Them en
dc.subject Tomas Rivera en
dc.subject Dialogism en
dc.subject Mythology en
dc.subject Feminism en
dc.subject California en
dc.subject Twentieth century U.S. literature en
dc.subject Comparative studies en
dc.title “Fiction makes a better job of the truth”: dialogism, oppositional consciousness and re-membering in the novels of Helena María Viramontes en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 2020-08-31T11:33:59Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Hispanic Studies en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out No en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.chapterOfThesis introduction,1,2,3,conclusion, appendix A
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor nuala.finnegan@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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