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Fascicolo 27.2/2017


top_DOWNLOADLaura Chinchilla – CARTOGRAFÍAS PARANOICAS Espacio y violencia en la producción cultural hondureña reciente

Abstract: «Paranoid Cartographies. Space and Violence in Recent Cultural Production from Honduras». The Central American crime novel has been studied in the context of the region’s civil wars and armed conflicts. These studies point to the climate of paranoia and violence that governs life in these countries. Honduran narratives of crime still remain to be studied, however. This essay focuses on recent Honduran cultural production around crime to define some traits in the narrative treatment of paranoia. The novels Caribe Cocaine and La mitad roja del puente by Ernesto Bondy and art by Alma Leiva are analyzed to argue that these texts present an engagement with paranoia through space. These two artists also stage two different ways of thinking through the affects generated by violence.

Key words: Crime fiction – Paranoia – Art – Honduras.

top_DOWNLOADSusanna Nanni – CUERPO Y MEMORIA ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?

Abstract: «Body and Memory. ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?». In July 2003 the Guatemalan artist and writer Regina José Galindo (1974) realized the performance ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?, walking barefoot for almost an hour from a palace of power to another in Guatemala City, tracing a path of human blood footprints in memory of the victims of the armed conflict occurred in her country, and in rejection of the presidential nomination of the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. The spectators, ordinary citizens, through their silence, fear, anger, or astonishment, become actors who embody the lack of historical memory, the impotence and passivity in the face of institutional violence. The artist’s body – bearer of massacred identities – becomes a support for the Guatemalans’ collective identity, and a space of struggle against the oblivion and the State violence. This essay attempts to explore the Galindo’s performance and its symbols (footprints, blood, silence), focusing on the materialization of memory and the visibility of oblivion.

Key words: Body – Violence – Memory/Oblivion – Presence/Absence.

top_DOWNLOADGreg Schelonka – LOS PELIGROS DE MIRAR. Detectives vigilados en «Insensatez»,
«El material humano» y «Pasada de cuentas»

Abstract: «The Dangers of Looking. Detectives Kept Under Surveillance in Senselessness, El material humano, and Pasada de cuentas». This article explores the visuality associated with the state and state-like actors and the counter visuality that writers enact in the Central American context. The novels Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya, El material humano by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, and Pasada de cuentas by Manuel Martínez explore the tensions between the power of visuality and that of counter visuality in the contemporary period of recently democratized societies that, as in the case of Martínez, see an increase in drug trafficking, and the actions of democratic citizens who investigate the truth in their countries. This tension helps explain why Central American detective characters regularly fail.

Key words: Castellanos Moya – Rey Rosa – Manuel Martínez – Crime fiction – Visuality.


Abstract: «Rubén Darío, Camille Aymard and La Renaissance Latine». From 1900 on, Rubén Darío lived in Paris, struggling to find a place for himself in the French intellectual landscape. When Édouard Reyer put him in touch with the recently founded journal La Renaissance Latine, the poet published in its pages a short but important analysis of the future of the Latin peoples of America. But difficulties soon arose, which we describe in this article. In the end the best result of La Renaissance Latine episode was Darío’s friendship with a young and dynamic French lawyer, Camille Aymard.

Key Words: Rubén Darío – Camille Aymard – La Renaissance Latine.


Abstract: «Epístola católica a Rafael Arévalo Martínez by Azarías H. Pallais». This article studies the book by Father Azarías H. Pallais, Epístola católica a Rafael Arévalo Martínez (1947), an excellent book of poems that has not received any critical attention. In this article I show that Father Pallais wanted to send a message to the writers and readers of the time to stay in the way of the good Catholic, choosing good readings, following good examples, maintaining their ethics of justice and favoring the poor and those in need.

Key words: Nicaraguan poetry – Catholicism – Spanish American poetry – European art.

top_DOWNLOADDante Liano – Jorge Galán: novela y memoria

Jorge Galán (San Salvador, 1973) es el seudónimo literario de George Alexander Portillo. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, recibió su primer premio en los Juegos Florales CONCULTURA de su país siendo todavía estudiante y, el mérito de ganarlo en tres ocasiones le otorgó el título de “Gran Maestre de Poesía”. Luego resultó ganador en varios premios de poesía como los Juegos Florales de Quetzaltenango (Guatemala 2004), el Premio Adonais (España 2006) y los Premios del Tren organizados por la Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (2009).

Aunque se ha destacado ampliamente como poeta, también se ha dedicado a la narrativa y a la escritura infantil. Con la publicación de su primera novela, El sueño de Mariana, obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Novela de El Salvador. En 2013 publicó, en España, la novela La habitación en fondo de la casa que obtuvo un gran éxito europeo y ha sido traducida a diferentes idiomas. La edición italiana salió en marzo de 2016 por Mondadori. En 2015 publicó su última novela Noviembre[ en la que ficcionaliza el asesinato de seis jesuitas y dos mujeres en la UCA de San Salvador. A raíz de la publicación se vio obligado a exiliarse de su país por las graves amenazas de muerte sufridas. Ante esta situación le han mostrado su apoyo intelectuales españoles y latinoamericanos. Por Noviembre, Galán, en 2016, recibió el Premio Real Academia Española (NdR).

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Fascicolo 27.1/2017



Abstract: About Friendship. Una Reflexión sobre Rubén Darío y Rufino Blanco-Fombona. Those who were not aware of the deep friendship that flourished in Paris in the early twentieth century between Ruben Darío and Rufino Blanco-Fombona, ended up discrediting and defaming it. I should like to undertake this investigation on the basis of a thorough reflection on the philosophical meaning of friendship throughout history, from the Greeks to the present, as well as the themes of friendship in exile and friendship as related to tragedy, so as to thwart the advancement of the spurious idea regarding Blanco-Fombona’s and Darío’s friendship. I will ground my research on the scant surviving correspondence and Journals of the Venezuelan writer, some articles published in the newspaper El Sol, one of the subtitles of Modernism and modernist poets dedicated Ruben Darío, and, lastly, on the preface written by the Nicaraguan writer to Pequeña ópera lírica. My purpose is to show that a rash reaction to a banal fact must not destroy the depth of truthfulness as for decades some would have us believe.

Key words: Friendship – Rubén Darío – Rufino Blanco-Fombona


Abstract: The Trace of Furtive Words. An Approach to the Storybook «Grieta de fatiga» by Fabio Morábito. Fabio Morábito is a contemporary philosopher; his narrative material presents an elevated scriptural awareness in prose and poetry, when revealing the claim of a voice that structures both instances with a distinct style. Every story is confronted with a reflection of the poetic material, centered within a rhythm perceived as a harmonic game of the voices which surpass the ‘identity line’ of the mother tongue. Morábito, as a writer who masters Italian and Spanish, proves to us that it is the literary language which propitates the identifying traits that interest him, without demeaning the linguistic exclusivity; this privilege is evidenced en the meta-linguistic processes that form a part of the fables. The sum of fables in Grieta de fatiga, is a demonstration of the literary talent with which we wish to invite more readers.

Keywords: Morábito – Everyday – Meta-language – Perception – Focalization.


Abstract: «Between fiction and history: Destroying the Myth of the Liberal Government of Justo Rufino Barrios in the novel El sueño de los justos». The aim of this article is to analyze how Spanish-Guatemalan writer Francisco Pérez de Antón’s historic novel, El sueño de los justos (2008) questions and demystifies General Justo Rufino Barrios’ liberal government, as well as his political leadership. The article primarily focuses on how certain aspects of Barrios’ glorious and heroic memory have been inculcated in the average Guatemalan’s mind. Furthermore, the article explores how this ‘glorious and heroic memory’ is problematized throughout the novel by questioning the political actions of General Barrios, who during his administration justified and allowed extensive abuses on the indigenous population, committing human rights violations, and accepting the establishment of a corrupt system in Guatemala.

Key words: Historic novel – Memory – Demystifying – Indigenous exploitation – Human rights violations – Corruption.


Abstract: Ana Istarú: Volcanic Voice. Interview. In the context of a research grant about contemporary Latin American poetry written by women, awarded by the AUIP (Iberoamerican University Assotiation of Postgraduate), the Costa Rican poet, playwright, writer and actress Ana Istarú was interviewed. In the course of this conversation, Ana Istarú talks about the keys to her training and her precocity as a poet, as well as her most influential readings. She comments on her views on the political situation of her country and, in particular, on women’s social situation. In the poetic field, she describes the keys to her poetry, both at an erotic and socially committed level, that in her opinion are the same thing. Next, her career as a poet is reviewed through comments on her most important books, especially La estación de fiebre and Verbo madre.

Key words: Ana Istarú – Interview – Poetry – Feminism – Eroticism.

top_DOWNLOADVIVIR MI VIDA , Sergio Ramírez

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Fascicolo 26.2/2016


top_DOWNLOADEN EL CENTENARIO DE LA MUERTE DE RUBÉN DARÍO (1916-2016) Presentación, Gloriantonia Henríquez



Abstract: The Poetry of Rubén Darío Today. In this short paper I intend to review several opinions on the work and personality of the poet from Nicaragua, to highlight the relevance of his poetry within the context of modernist renewal, and finally to underline the relevance of the theme of death in his late poems.

Key words: Bellini – Darío – Modernismo.


Abstract: Modernity and Modernism in «España contemporánea» of Rubén Darío In the chronicles of España contemporánea of Rubén Darío the adjective ‘contemporary’ posed a question to the Spain of the time, an interpellation aimed at questioning the meaning of its place in the world. The question was on the so-called bourgeois modernity, that is the modernity of reason and progress against which the aesthetic modernity of the early 19th century reacted. For this reason, these chronicles represent a trial of the panorama of contemporary Spain with reference to the paradigms of modernity, which encourages the advancement of peoples, and that of modernism as a literary movement which should produce a literature commensurate with the modern or contemporary era. The struggle between old and new is here clearly visible, and the author’s proposal to promote a form of art which might correspond to the spirit of modernity – that is, modernism – stands out. Darío, in short, set out for his Argentinian readers an answer to the Spanish situation providing a panorama which might define its contemporaneity, so that it might be compared to other countries in Europe (France, and in particular Paris) and in the Americas (Buenos Aires) in order to prove whether such modernity was actually present.

Key words: Chronic Modernist – Rubén Dario – España contemporánea.

top_DOWNLOADUN POEMA DE CIRCUNSTANCIA DE RUBÉN DARÍO: LA «EPÍSTOLA A LA SEÑORA DE LUGONES» “Bacchianas brasileiras” y arte de la fuga en la ‘Isla de Oro’ *, Daniel Vives Simorra

Abstract: A Poem of Circumstances by Rubén Darío: the «Epístola a la señora de Lugones». “Bacchianas brasileiras” and art of escape in the ‘Golden Island’. Poem of the travels and wanderings, the “Epístola a la señora de Lugones” is one of the major and significant texts of Rubén Dario, although it does not considered the most commented upon. Our reading will stress the conversational tonality of this portrait of the artist as homo viator, finding shelter in Majorca. The epistle blends information, narration, self-irony and lays emphasis on multilingualism as well as on abundant onomastics and toponymy. Speech, versification, rhythm contribute jointly to a lyricism of everyday life which expresses, in exemplary form, the frequent ideal of theGolden Island’ in Rubén Dario’s works. This illusion is a ‘Mediterranean’ aspiration, not only in an ethical, cultural or poetic sense but also in the etymological sense of the word ‘Mediterranean’. That’s how the poetic voice presents the cosmopolitism of Majorca Island: the sea in the middle of lands, the land in the middle of seas, like his native Nicaragua (between the Pacific, the Lake Nicaragua and the Atlantic Ocean).

Key words: Travels – Majorca – Golden Island – Conversational – Mediterranean lyricism.


Abstract: Rubén Darío and Nineteenth Century French Literature. Rubén Darío’s work both in verse and in prose shows his early contact with and his profound knowledge of French literature. The presence of, admiration of and direct or indirect allusion to French authors, mainly those of the nineteenth century and particularly that of Victor Hugo and Paul Verlaine among many others, reveal the influence these have had on his poetic career and his aesthetic preferences, aspects that critics and scholars have emphasized and which we here call his Francophilia, in order to stress that this was the only way in which the poet could find his intellectual home, satisfy his aspirations and live his cosmopolitan life.

Key words: Rubén Darío – French literature – Nineteenth century – Francophilia.

top_DOWNLOAD ÉTICA Y ESTÉTICA Jean-Marie Guyau y la poética de Rubén Darío, Alessandra Ghezzani

Abstract: Ethics and Aesthetics. Jean-Marie Guyau and the Poetry of Rubén Darío. The aim of the essay is to provide a commentary on the most mature portion of Darío’s writings, namely the poetry collection Prosas profanas (1898) and the essays included in Los Raros (in the edition published in the same year), so as to point out the relations existing between the Nicaraguan author’s conception of creation and art and Jean-Marie Guyau’s philosophy. If Darío cited the XIX-century philosopher several times in his essays, the reflections on good and evil, virtue and vice permeating his poetry actually reveal a departure from the religious dogmatism and positivism characterizing Guyau’s texts, in particular Esquisse d’une morale sans obligation, ni sanction (1885) and L’Art au point de vue sociologique (1889).

Key-words: Rubén Darío – Jean-Marie Guyau – Ethics and Aesthetics – Modernism.

top_DOWNLOAD CUERPO, GÉNERO Y LENGUAJE: LA DANZA EN DOS TEXTOS DE RUBÉN DARIO «Miss Isadora Duncan» y «Cléo de Mérode – Nuestra señora de la sonrisa y de la danza». Hervé Le Corre

Abstract: Body, Gender and Language: Dance in two Texts of Rubén Darío. «Miss Isadora Duncan» and «Cléo de Mérode – Nuestra señora de la sonrisa y de la danza». Several of Ruben Darío’s works prove the poet’s interest for performing arts, often in their popular forms (such as circus or the pantomime), in which he exalts the moving body, with its multiple expressive possibilities. Considered from a poetic perspective, this allows for a dialogue between the ‘arts of silence’ (again pantomime or dance) and verbal arts. Darío dedicates two famous texts to two contemporary dancers, Cléo de Mérode and Isadora Duncan. Both texts illustrate the fecundity of this dialogue, by means of two essential mechanisms: on the one hand, an approximation to movement that goes from step to pose, that is, on the effect of ‘becoming a statue’ – a feature of the fetishism characterizing “Cléo de Mérode” and in much of Darío’s view of love as ecstasy; on the other hand, a reflection on native, archaic movement, which moves the bodies in “Isadora Duncan”, and that Darío relates to holistic models. While he first presupposes a poetics of re-presentation, of the poem as artifact in the second the poetic body is native, and participates in an enveloping word.

Keys words: Rubén Darío – Cléo de Mérodes – Isadora Duncan – Dance – Poetic.


Abstract: Rubén Darío. Geography, Painting and Landscapes. Rubén Darío always had an almost obsessive interest in painting. His travel writing often focuses on the visual perspective of an exhibition, on art galleries, on his early interest in art magazines where he could see the copies of paintings, painting which create a world by means of painting. Darío’s attention to landscapes is also remarkable (the description of landscapes through words) both in his journal articles and in his poetry. By means of an itinerary through Darío’s works dealing with his most relevant travels, above all those to Europe, I intend to prove his interest in arts and his ability to create literary landscapes connected to his attention to painting.

Keywords: Travel writing – Painting – Landscapes – Chronicles.

top_DOWNLOAD «YO SOY EL ANTICRISTO DE LA AMÉRICA CENTRAL» Lecturas y crisis espiritual de Rubén Darío en 1913, Günther Schmigalle

Abstract: «Yo soy el Anticristo de la América Central». Readings and Spiritual Crisis of Rubén Darío in 1913. On August 22nd, 1913, Diego Carbonell, a medical doctor from Venezuela, found Rubén Darío talking wildly, drinking heavily, and asserting he was the «Antichrist of Central America». If we look at the books he was reading earlier and which had pushed him to drink, we can see he was going through a spiritual crisis: he had lost faith in the progress of humanity and the meaning of history. His reference to the Antichrist suggests he identified with the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Keywords: Rubén Darío – Readings – Spiritual Crisis – 1913.

top_DOWNLOAD RUBÉN DARÍO Poesía y reflexión en «Los motivos del lobo», Gloriantonia Henríquez

Abstract: Rubén Darío. Poetry and Reflection in «Los motivos del lobo». With sublime material taken from one of the 53 legends of The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, and a variety of literary references, nourished with real and symbolic significations, Dario crystallizes in “Los motivos del lobo” a new and original text, combining poetic intuition with reason to raise a reflection where man and beast are given, the human and the divine, good and evil, ancient and modern; nevertheless the text is considered as one of his most popular and accessible poems. If the synergy of formal elements and meaning, if l’art du langage captures the poetic message and its success to overcome this apparent contradiction, it is what we aim to make clear in this article.

Key words: Francis of Assisi – The wolf of Gubbio – Motive – Reflection.

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Fascicolo 26.1/2016




Abstract: The Central American Theater in the Social and Aesthetic Debates of the Modernity. During his Parisian experience (1924-1933), Miguel Angel Asturias wrote one of the pioneering theoretical essays on the way to be undertaken by the Latin American theater: “Reflexiones sobre la posibilidad de un teatro americano de inspiración indigena” (1930). In that essay, he proposed strategies to articulate the American Indian cultural roots and modernity in American theatricality. Works such as Rayito de Estrella or Kukulkan, serpiente-envuelta-en-plumas are paradigmatic examples of his conceptions. In the first half of the twentieth century other proposals have been performed (Carlos Solórzano, Manuel Galich, Miguel Marsicovétere y Duran, Rogelio Sinan, the theater of the Vanguard Movement in Nicaragua), seeking ways to debate and question the authoritarian schemes and the aesthetic canons. In this paper we analyze some of these dramatic proposals and their meanings that have emerged in the first half of the twentieth century, as scenic areas of discussion of modernity.

Key Words: Theater – Central America- Authoritarianism – Modernity – Vanguard.


Abstract: Literary labels and distorted canons. Latin American literature in Italy between stereotypes and misguided views. The aim of this study is to analyse some peritexts that have been used in the editorial and cultural sphere to describe Latin American books and presenting them to the Italian public. At the same time, we will analyse the interpretative mechanisms that the Italian intellectuals reserved to the works of “realismo magico”, to observe the different dynamics of interpretation that the term (in use in Italy via the work of Massimo Bontempelli) triggered at the moment of interpreting and reading the literary production of an entire subcontinent.

Key words: Centro American Literature – Reception theory – Translation – Literature – Market.


Abstract: Notes for a re-reading of Mario Monteforte Toledo’s novels. The aim of this article is to highlight the pioneering aspects of the novels by the Guatemalan author Mario Monteforte Toledo. In order to do that, it takes some distance from the critical tradition that has read his works from the perspective of regionalism or of social realism, and suggests to study them as ‘intellectual fictions’. Indeed, Monteforte’s novels put into question the optimism typical with the forties and fifties of last century, when in Latin America and thus, in Guatemala, civilizing projects were unquestionable. Monteforte works show a critical and sceptic attitude towards some of the totems of modern culture (bourgeois revolution, mingling of different races, progress, blind faith in Marxist), and this skepticism anticipates contemporary thinking. Moreover, the narrative of Monteforte Toledo portrays the return from enlightened collectivism to the individual, and this is interesting because it anticipates a problem that will be taken up, several decades later, by Central American postwar novelists.

Key Words: Mario Monteforte Toledo – Intellectual – Modernity – Critics – Individual.


Abstract: The Franco-Central Americans and the First World War. Notes on Central American presence on the European conflict. The main objective of this article is to analyze the engagement of the Franco-Central Americans after the general calling made by the French Government on August 2nd, 1914 following France’s declaration of war. This calling was widely broadcasted by the Central American press, however, our interest lies in the registers kept by the Consulate General of France in Central America, which reveal to us the alternatives that those children and grand-children of French expatriates, despite their frequent ignorance of their elders’ language or land, had: either enlist straight away or be declared ‘disobedient’ – a very serious offence in wartime. In this year of celebration of the First World War centenary, we intend to study the Central American presence in Europe, not only its heroes, but also all those who did not want to turn themselves in to the slaughter of the trenches.

Keywords: First World War – Central America – Disobedience – French army – Franco- Central Americans – French immigration.


Astract: Localism and Cosmopolitanism in the Film «Distancia» by Sergio Ramirez. The film “Distancia” (2010) by Guatemalan director Sergio Ramirez is based on real facts occurred in recent years. During the 80’s, in Guatemala a genocide was perpetrated against the indigenous population. This caused the death of 200,000 people, the leak to Mexico of more than 50,000 Mayan and a little-known phenomenon: the exodus to the mountains of one million people, wich received the name of CPR (Communities of Population in Resistance). The film tells a story derived from such escape. The article analyzes the film, an through that analysis tries to show how geographic distance became a symbolic distance, metaphor of distance between the different ethnic groups of Guatemala.

Key Words: Guatemala – “Distancia” – Sergio Ramirez – Genocidio – CPR – Symbolic distance.

top_DOWNLOADELECCIONES TRADUCTIVAS ENTRE RITMO Y FUNCIONALIDAD, La traducción italiana de «Hombres de maiz» de M.A. Asturias, Raffaella Odicino

Abstract: Translation Choices between Rhythm and Functionality. Italian Translation of «Men ofMaize» by M.À. Asturias. From a critical perspective of ‘Translation Studies’, this work discusses some aspects of the Italian translation of the novel Men of Maize by Miguel Angel Asturias in order to reconstruct strategies and decisions taken in the process of translation, assuming that the activity of translation is a functional interpretation of the different linguistic and cultural elements present in the source text through which it is possible reaching a global representation of literary creation.

Key words: Miguel Angel Asturias – Translation Studies – Uomini di mais – Literary Translation – Hombres de maiz.


Astract: Female Iconography in Art and Cinema and its Appropriation in the Work of Luis de Lión. The article analyzes two texts of the Guatemalan writer Luis de Lion considering the configuration of the female archetypes present in these texts as well as their links with European traditions and cultural discourses, as they appear in two key works of the twentieth century cinematography. The cultural conflict alluded by the texts of Luis de Lion can be read, at the same time, as an innovative proposal and a transgressive representation of the Guatemalan historical conflict that takes into account not only public space and history, but also private space, one where ladinización has left a violated emotional architecture.

Key Words: Luis de Lión – Femininity – Masculinity – Image – Cultural conflict – Violence

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Fascicolo 25.2/2015

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top_DOWNLOAD Lucie Dudreuil, CULTURA(S) EN EL CARIBE COSTARRICENSE, Entre “criollización” y “folclorización”.

Abstract: Culture(s) in the Costa Rican Caribbean. Between ”creolization” and “folklorization”. The Afro-Costa Rican culture in Costa Rica has multiple faces due to the contact between several different cultures and languages: the indigenous cultures and their languages, Costa Rican culture and Spanish, Chinese culture and Chinese, and last but not least, Afro-Caribbean culture and creole English. This article will deal with the hybridization undergone by the Afro-Caribbean culture, which suffered a process of “folklorization”, and the Spanish speaking Costa Rican culture. The analysis of said hybridization will be inspired by the concept of “creolization” coined by Édouard Glissant. Furthermore, this article will dismiss the mere addition of cultures so as to propose an analytic model based in the mutual influence applicable to cultures and languages in contact.

Key words: Caribbean Culture – Costa Rica – Minority Group – Creolization – Folklorization.

top_DOWNLOAD Edson Steven Guáqueta Rocha, EL DESCENSO AL INFRAMUNDO EN EL MUNDO MAYA, Los casos del «Popol Vuh», «Hombres de maíz» y los ritos chamánicos en la selva de Petén 


Abstract: The descent to the underworld in Mayan world. The cases of the Popol Vuh, Men of Maize and shamanic rituals in Petén Forest.The descent of a hero to the underworld is a universal and mythical topic, which in the case of Mayan culture must be understood from the complementary perspectives of astronomy, archaeological findings and literary study of the myths. For purposes of the making-up of this work, the presence of this myth in Mayan world will be approached from the foci of disciplines that are seen as separate. First, it will be highlighted the most significant moments that Popol Vuh includes from the trip of two pairs of twins to the underworld. Then, it will be done a brief summary of the features that presents the movement of the planet Venus, to explain the relationship that, according to Dennis Tedlock, it maintains with the descent of the twins to Xibalbá. It will be also studied how Miguel Ángel Asturias develops the topic in his novel Men of Maize (1949). Finally, it will be done a comment on the importance and effect that this myth has among indigenous communities with Mayan origin, as a living reality that is part of their beliefs.

Key words: Descent to the underworld – Myth – Mayan culture – Cycle of Venus – Guatemalan novel.

top_DOWNLOAD Werner Mackenbach, ¿DE LA IRA AL ASCO?, Reflexiones sobre el intelectual-escritor en Centroamérica “después de las bombas” y sus repercusiones en la literatura

Abstract: From anger to disgust. Reflections on the intellectual-writer en Central America “after the bombs” and its impact on literature. The role played by the intellectual in Central America has been experiencing significant changes, particularly since the end of the armed conflicts and the signing of the peace treaties in different countries of the isthmus. At the same time and especially since the nineties the literary field in Central America, in general, has been undergoing profound transformations with regard to the function of literature as an instance of creation of meaning and as an organizing institution in the cultural field. That period not only coincides with the end of the armed conflicts and the transition towards more civil and democratic forms of government, but also with the fundamental changes on the global level (the end of the Soviet Union with all its consequences) and the technological and commercial/economic repercussions of the current phase of accelerated globalization in the region. With the end of the armed conflicts and even more due to the impact of those changes in the cultural field itself –particularly the technological revolution – the Central American intellectual-writer has lost its hegemonic position in the cultural and political discourses. Which role will he play for the future of the Central American societies that currently are going through multiple processes of social, political and cultural change? The present essay presents some preliminary reflections on these topics in relation with that figure so dominant in the Central American literatures, based on a reading of contemporary Central American narrative, especially novels, and focussed in the literary representation of the intellectual.

Keywords: Intellectual – Literature – Central America – Armed Conflict – New Technologies.

top_DOWNLOAD Radmila Stefkova, ESCRIBIR LO IMPOSIBLE, El archivo como reconstrucción de una clase social en «Tiempo de fulgor» de Sergio Ramírez


Abstract: Writing the impossible. The archive as a reconstruction of a social class in «Tiempo de fulgor» by Sergio Ramírez. The present article is a brief analysis of the construction of an archive in the novel Tiempo de fulgor by Sergio Ramírez. This archive determines the identity of a social class that is struggling to reconstruct itself in a time of decadence. In order to understand the development of this archive and its significance, the article will begin with the identification of the archivists among the personalities of the novel. Furthermore, it will discuss the contextual references of these archivists and their project as a symbol of power – the powerful families and their family archives. Also, it will discuss the construction of the archive by a fossilized narrator and it will finally identify the opportunities which are presented by this failed archive within the context of the pre-Sandinista Nicaragua.

Key words: Pre-Sandinista Nicaragua – Family archive – Social decadence – Identity

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Fascicolo 25.1/2015

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top_DOWNLOAD Michela Craveri, Cruces, cuerpos y comida en la representatión del espacio ritual maya

Abstract: Crosses, Bodies and Food in the Representation of the Mayan Ritual Space. This paper is about the symbolism of the cross in the Mayan world, from the plastic manifestations of the pre-Hispanic era to modern syncretic significance. Soon associated with the Christian cross by the first European conquers, the recurrence of the cross in the Mayan cultural universe demonstrates its importance and role in the organization of ritual space. From the foliate crosses wich mark the center of the universe, even the green crosses dressed with huiples and adorned by flowers, this symbol represents the intersection of possibilities and the center of human energy. The cross allows communication between different dimensions and is a ritual space sign. For this reason, the objects in Maya ritual tables follow a quadripartite arrangement of space and mark the cosmic orientation. I will examine the multiple meanings of the Mayan cross, the values inherited from pre-Hispanic past and modern syncretic conceptions.
Key words: Mayan cross – Symbolism of the cross – The Mayan ritual space – Syncretism in Mayan culture.

top_DOWNLOAD Alessandra Ghezzani, La traduzione dei «raros» come studio culturale

Riassunto: Tradurre i Raros di R. Darío, raccolta di saggi che ha giocato un ruolo di centralità nel processo di importazione in America Latina del simbolismo, ha comportato un lavoro rigoroso e approfondito di ricostruzione dell’universo di letture e riferimenti che soggiacciono alle sagaci e colte chiose dell’autore. Il presente articolo intende mettere a fuoco i punti nodali di quel processo mostrando quanto, e in che modo, le indagini e gli affondi nell’universo culturale dariano funzionali alla traduzione abbiano contribuito a comprendere le forme e i modi di quell’importazione.
Parole chiave: R. Darío – Los raros – Simbolismo – Traduzione – Studio culturale.
top_DOWNLOAD Gloriantonia Henríquez, Amor y erotismo en los «sonetos de uso doméstico» de José Coronel Urtecho
Abstract: Love and Eroticism in the «Sonetos de uso doméstico» by José Coronel Urtecho. The Sonetos de uso doméstico by the Nicaraguan poet José Coronel Urtecho, which is enshrined this article, is a particular poetic exercise within the set of his poetry and in the context of literary trends of his time, inclined rather to the shapes of the vanguards. The aim of this study is to provide some lights from an hermeneutic perspective on the aesthetics and meaning of the text, open to the movements that come and go from the interior and exterior space into a structure of horizon, whose notion serves as a pivot and from which also we investigate the poetic motivations of love and eroticism; for what we followed Octavio Paz proposals on the topic. From this double perspective, we seek to identify the classic structure of the texts and its referential wealth in order to show that they form a polyphonic display that is extraordinary in their time and context.
Key words: «Structure of Horizon» – Love – Eroticism – Classical Sonnets.

top_DOWNLOAD Emanuela Jossa, De la “Audiencia de los confines” a la ‘audiencia de los márgenes’. El teatro de la memoria de Jorgelina Cerritos

Abstract: From the “audiencia de los confines” to the ‘audiencia de los márgenes’. The Theatre of the Memory of Jorgelina Cerritos. The present work offers an analysis of the play La audiencia de los confines. Primer ensayo sobre la memoria (staged and published in 2013) by Salvadorian playwright Jorgelina Cerritos. As the subtitle suggests, the play is the first part of a trilogy which focuses on the reclamation of historical as well as individual memory. In this first “attempt”, Cerritos stages History, Memory and Truth, whose articulation appears to be the necessary path for building a renewed space for cohabitation and sharing. Reclaiming memory thus acquires ethical implications, as argued by Paul Ricoeur, whose elaborations on history, memory and recognition provide the theoretical framework for this paper. Moreover, my analysis will engage with the theatrical dimension of the play, focusing on the written text, with its dialogues and stage directions, as well as on its staging. As the fractures and continuities between the text and its performance trigger a radical change in its reception, I will also analyze the reader and the audience’s aesthetic experience, considering it as a dynamic process.
Key words: Jorgelina Cerritos – Salvadorian literature – Theatre – Memory

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top_DOWNLOAD Emanuela JossaCuerpos y espacios en los cuentos de Claudia Hernández. Decepción y resistencia

top_DOWNLOAD Hortensia Naizara RodríguezLa poética de Jorge Artel más allá del Estado-Nación

top_DOWNLOAD David RozottoCuerpo y geografía en «Carazamba» de Virgilio Rodríguez Macal. Representaciones de la región

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