by Rosano, Susana L.

Abstract (Summary)
The dissertation examines a body of narratives related to the literary and film representations of Eva Perón, the most crucial female figure of the populist Argentine imaginary. The defining feature of the corpus goes from the publication of La razón de mi vida, in 1951, to 2003, when Daniel Herrendorf published Evita, la loca de la casa. The dissertation focuses on populism as a particular inflection in the modernization process in Argentina, as it is studied by Ernesto Laclau, among others. In this sense, it examines the reverberative effects that the presence of Eva Perón caused in the paternalistic and homophobic Argentine society during the 1950s and after that, in a process that allowed her to become an ideological, political and aesthetic icon in the nationalistic culture. The different images of Eva Perón in literature and film are read as a cultural metaphor that crosses the last fifty years in Argentina. The issues that were expressed through her life became permanent points of reference and were later used in the articulation of other ideological and cultural concerns, lending themselves easily to other formulations. In this way, the figure of Eva Perón has developed into a cultural reference point that has the ability to engender different meanings in different contexts. The hypothesis of the dissertation is that these representations can be read as allegories of the different social, political and cultural moments in the modernization process in Argentina. In this sense, these narratives can be articulated in the symbolic sphere with an imaginary where modernity, gender and populism interweave at different levels. To analyze the representation of Eva Perón from its beginning and to follow it in its trajectory, allows us to uncover the reasons behind the creation of her rich symbolic value. The objective of the dissertation is to address the following questions: How was Eva Perón depicted in Argentine literature and film during the period 19512003? What factors are at the origins of those modes of representation? What place can we assign to these representations in relation to the modernization process in Argentina?
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Aníbal Pérez Liñán; Gerald Martin; Hermann Herlinghaus; Mabel Moraña

School:University of Pittsburgh

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:hispanic languages and literatures


Date of Publication:06/06/2005

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