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University of South Carolina

1. Corley, Andrew Mark. The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso.

Degree: PhD, Art, 2017, University of South Carolina

This dissertation examines the fantastic in the work of the Chilean author José Donoso (1924-1996). My thesis is that Donoso’s invocation of the fantastic in these narratives, subverts social constructs and power structures, specifically those associated with identity and sexuality. Via textual analysis, I argue that narratives such as “Santelices” (1956), El obsceno pájaro de la noche (1970), El jardín de al lado (1981), Naturaleza muerta con cachimba (1990), El lugar sin límites (1971), and Lagartija sin cola (2007) invite us to rethink how we see ourselves as we interact with his characters, often portrayed as tormented souls in hellish spaces. I am interested in the manifestations of power in Donoso’s works with emphasis on those forms which may compel us to reexamine our own identities and world views or to rethink Donoso’s life experience as an author who survived self-imposed exile and life far from his beloved home of Chile. I maintain that Donoso’s characters and use of the fantastic decenter individual and collective discourse with regard to identity, sexuality, gender roles, and other constructs created principally through language and culture. Advisors/Committee Members: Andrew C. Rajca.

Subjects/Keywords: Arts and Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature; Spanish Literature; Chilean Writer; José Donoso

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APA (6th Edition):

Corley, A. M. (2017). The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Carolina. Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/4331

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Corley, Andrew Mark. “The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina. Accessed November 14, 2019. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/4331.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Corley, Andrew Mark. “The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso.” 2017. Web. 14 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Corley AM. The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Carolina; 2017. [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/4331.

Council of Science Editors:

Corley AM. The Underside of Power: Reading the Fantastic in the Works of the Chilean Writer José Donoso. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Carolina; 2017. Available from: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/4331

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