'Muchos Méxicos': widening the lens in Rulfo's cinematic texts

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dc.contributor.advisor Finnegan, Nuala en
dc.contributor.author Brennan, Dylan Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-02T12:17:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-02T12:17:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.date.submitted 2015
dc.identifier.citation Brennan, D. J. 2015. 'Muchos Méxicos': widening the lens in Rulfo's cinematic texts. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 243
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1960
dc.description.abstract It is difficult to overstate the importance of Juan Rulfo’s two major pieces of fictional narrative work—his haunting, enigmatic novel Pedro Páramo (1955) and his unrelenting depictions of the failures of post-revolutionary Mexico in his short story collection El Llano en llamas (1953). In her foreword to the Margaret Sayers Peden English translation, Susan Sontag hails Pedro Páramo as ‘not only one of the masterpieces of 20th Century world literature, but one of the most influential of the century’s books’. García Márquez has compared the influence of Rulfo on 20th Century world literature to that of Sophocles: ‘No son más de 300 páginas, pero son casi tantas y creo tan perdurables como las que conocemos de Sófocles’ and, completing this oftrepeated triumvirate of recommendations, Jorge Luis Borges has referred to Pedro Páramo as: ‘una de las mejores novelas de las literaturas de lengua hispánica, y aun de la literatura.’ Despite the praise heaped upon Rulfo’s two most famous books, when his third book of fiction, El gallo de oro y otros textos para cine, was finally published in 1980, just six years before his death, it was greeted with almost critical silence. It is precisely this publication that provides the focus of this investigation. The collection contains three texts—El despojo, La fórmula secreta and El gallo de oro. Constituting a third of the fictional work he published in his lifetime, expanding upon themes present in El Llano en llamas and Pedro Páramo while, at the same time, examining new ground, no thematic discussion of Rulfo’s written output is complete without including these texts. Yet they are frequently dismissed. In this way this investigation attempts to go some way towards filling this critical gap in the work of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century en
dc.description.sponsorship Federal Government of Mexico (Daniel Cosío Villegas Mexican Government Scholarship 2009); Society for Irish Latin American Studies (Beca San Patricio Scholarship 2012)
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Dylan J. Brennan. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Rulfo en
dc.subject Film en
dc.subject Literature en
dc.subject Dylan Brennan en
dc.subject Mexican cinema en
dc.subject Hispanic studies en
dc.subject Mexican studies en
dc.subject Mexican literature en
dc.title 'Muchos Méxicos': widening the lens in Rulfo's cinematic texts en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.contributor.funder Federal Government of Mexico en
dc.contributor.funder Society for Irish Latin American Studies en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Hispanic Studies en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor nuala.finnegan@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2015

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