Monday, October 20, 2014
El poeta y crítico Roberto Cruz Arzabal lleva a cabo, ya desde hace tiempo, una lectura visual de El Disco de Newton. Diez ensayos sobre el color. Aquí el link a El Disco de Newton (De otro modo, leer).
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Deconstructing Psychiatric Discourse and Idealized Madness in Cristina Rivera Garza's Nadie Me Vera Llorar Chasqui , Vol. 43, No. 1 , May 2014]
While, in her dissertation, Rivera Garza takes a decidedly Bakhtinian approach to discourse analysis, focusing primarily on the way in which the respective discourses of doctors and patients developed dialogically, in Nadie me vera llorar, the author instead focuses on the lacuna between these two discourses, revealing the way in which the one can never truly reflect or encompass the other. In her portrayal of medical internist Eduardo Oligochea and his work as a psychiatrist, Rivera Garza utilizes the techniques of historiographic metafiction--including metatextuality and the incorporation of historical documents into her novel--in order to simultaneously depict and interrogate the formation of psychiatric discourse, revealing it to contain elements of subjectivity and narrative artifice. (5) By unveiling the constructed status of this discourse that tends to represent itself as objective/authoritative, Rivera Garza demonstrates the way in which scientific discourses ultimately circumscribe the realities they claim to reflect and, as truth claims, are intimately bound up with questions of chance and power. However, even as she troubles scientific definitions of madness, through her portrayal of the relationship between the characters Matilda and Joaquin, Rivera Garza also critiques the romantic view of madness as a source of wisdom and insight, demonstrating that to idealize insanity is to make the insane person into a vessel for one's own desire. Thus, in true postmodernist fashion, Nadie me vera llorar both delivers on and moves beyond its Foucauldian engagement with the discourse of psychiatry, allowing Rivera Garza to expose the violation inherent in both scientific and poetic attempts to appropriate and codify an-other's experience.
Complete article here.