Ethics and Literature in Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay, by Carlos M. Amador

By Carlos M. Amador

This e-book argues for a brand new examining of the political and moral throughout the literatures of Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay from 1970-2000. Carlos Amador reads a sequence of examples from the final dictatorship and the present post-dictatorship interval within the Southern Cone, together with works via Augusto Roa Bastos, Roberto Bolaño, Ceferino Reato, Horacio Verbitsky, Nelly Richard, Diamela Eltit, and Willy Thayer, with the aim of uncovering the common sense at the back of their conceptions of belonging and rejection. targeting theoretical options that make attainable the formation of any and all groups, this research works in the direction of a imaginative and prescient of literature as necessary to the constitution of ethics.

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Of especial importance is how the specific—the appeal to a comprehensible place and time, grounding ethical decisions and allowing new ethical discussions to emerge— forms a positionality of radical political possibility within the statements available to the marginal communities, moving them beyond the dictatorship’s resources. 18 Yet for the moment, let us stay with the generation of new Chilean literature, of which Eltit’s work was a part, which was decisively informed by 17 It is here that we can build a sophisticated and relatively simple exemplification of the phenomenological process in Levinas’ work and teach students how art has the possibility to do a phenomenology of the ethical.

15 In his text La cultura autoritaria en Chile (1981), José Joaquín Brunner outlines the debilitated social sphere that asserted quietist corporate-owned media organs as what was closest to officially accepted cultural organs for expression. 16 Pierre Bourdieu, Language and Symbolic Power (1991), 138. M. AMADOR torture meant that the formal language of “legitimate” power enforced its claim through the vicious application of power in the biopolitical realm— language practices had immediate physical consequences.

Even before his election in 1971, the CIA under Nixon’s mandate constructed elaborate plots involving bribery, espionage, and political proxies to prevent the ascension of Allende’s popularly driven coalition rising to power. 7 This topic is discussed in greater detail in John Dinges’ The Condor Years (2005). There is a large and substantial bibliography concerning the international image of Chile during the 1960s. Please see Peter Kornbluh’s The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (2003): 27.

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