Foundation and Contradiction in José Vasconcelos' Ulises Criollo

by Garza-González, Cristóbal

Abstract (Summary)
José Vasconcelos' memoir, Ulises Criollo narrates the coming of age and the author's experience from the years of Porfirio Díaz's dictatorship until the assassination of president Fransisco I. Madero during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s. Scholars have qualified Vasconcelos' narrative, life and thought as utterly contradictory due to the many changes and contrasts in his political views. This essay contends that Vasconcelos modeled his memoir after the foundational romances produced in the 19th century only to shatter the very genre that the author was following. By privileging freedom over family attachment and pragmatism over nationalistic isolation the work challenges the values of procreation and sovereignty. Reading Ulises Criollo as a historical account that works also as a literary fiction reveals that the contradictions within the text serve a political agenda for national reconstruction in post-revolutionary Mexico and the creation of a new myth for the emerging nation.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mexican revolution national identity myth nation building memoir autobiography


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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