El Ser Escindido En Céar Dávila Andrade

by Romero, Patricia E.

Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation is an intense study on César Dávila Andrade (1918-1967), a very well- known Ecuadorian writer who grew up in a time where Ecuador was going through a serious social-political conflict. This study includes his complete works: his poetry, essays, and short stories. The main focus on his works will be the "splitting" of the self, caused by the absorption of a foreign culture mixed in with the original (indigenous) one. This mixture of cultures is what we know as “trans-culturation.” This “trans-culturation” is expressed by César Dávila Andrade throughout his "neo-romantic" thought, which contained the worries of the being and its incapability to find a defined identity. Such incapability emerges from the fragmented Latin American subject. The “neo-romantic” thought is based on the general European concepts of the "romantic" era, concepts very visible in César Dávila's works. The texts of Angel Rama and his readings of Fernando Ortíz, and Homi K. Bhabha on “trans-culturation” have been the ones I have used as reference for this concept. As for the “romantic” concept I have used the text of Albert Béguin, and the actual philosophical writings of Frederick Von Schlegel, and Novalis, best representatives of the 1st period of the German Romanticism. This is a topic that has not been explored in César Dávila’s works and is of interest to understand how the encounter of these cultures (the dominant white and indigenous), and the struggle of their respective class levels (indigenous-low class vs. dominant-upper class), affected the writers of his time, not just in Ecuador, but in the rest of Latin America. We can see this struggle of cultures, in writers such as Jorge Icaza, César Vallejo, Miguel Angel Asturias, José María Arguedas and Juan Rulfo. The contents and approach of my dissertation reflect the diversity of my scholarly concern, related to bring a wider understanding of the Latin American context.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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