In Cervantes' shadow : raiders and writers of the lost archive
Abstract of thesis entitled
In Cervantes?Shadow: Raiders and Writers of the Lost Archive
Kong Kim Por Paul
for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
at The University of Hong Kong
in October 2005
This study examines the concepts of the archive and the manuscript, and how they are playfully raided by Borges, Puig and M?quez in Cervantes?shadow. At the same time, this study is on narrative theory, and also looks at Cervantes?influence on Latin American writers. In Part I, ?rchives Versus Manuscripts? Chapter One begins with a discussion of Wordsworth? re-reading of Don Quixote and focuses on the ideological and patriarchal nature of the archive in terms of secrecy, origin and power as suggested by Echevarr?. The totalizing and paralyzing nature of the archive will be discussed through Foucault? The Archaeology of Knowledge and archival evil and violence through Derrida? Archive Fever. In Chapter Two, the non-originating, non-totalizable and destabilizing nature of the manuscript will be unpacked through various works, especially the ones by M?quez and Cervantes.
Part II ?ervantes?Archive?consists of Chapters Three and Four, which explore the concepts of tropel? and bewitchment in Cervantes??he Dialogue of the Dogs?and the adventure of the Cave of Montesinos in Don Quixote. Tropel? as a device which confuses appearance and reality will be traced in these two works, especially with emphasis on the figure of the witch as a female seducer and narrator, and as an embodiment of tropel?.
In Part III ?ostcolonial Archives? Chapter Five centers on Borges??unes the Memorious?and ?he Library of Babel? and Eco? The Name of the Rose, in which the archive manifested in the form of memory and the library is both a place for preservation and destruction and an embodiment of the labyrinth. Chapter Six discusses Puig? Kiss of the Spider Woman, in which the dialogue between Molina and Valentin effects not only the destabilization and raiding of the archives of films, the discourse on homosexuality and police documents, but also reveals the inability of the archive to tell the truth because of the confusion of fact and fiction by the existence of fictional manuscripts in the archive. Chapter Seven looks at M?quez? Chronicle of a Death Foretold, in which, the postcolonial archive is unable to narrate and to offer a plot within a story.
Part IV is ?rchives Go Soft? in which Chapter Eight looks at the importance of the raiding of the lost archive by these writers and at the future of archival discourse, especially in the setting of virtual reality of the Internet and of globalization as a new form of post-colonization.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:borges jorge luis 1899 criticism and interpretation puig manuel garcía márquez gabriel 1928 cervantes saavedra miguel de 1547 1616 influence archives in literature
Date of Publication:01/01/2005