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El registro de los rasgos psicológicos como estrategia narrativa del trauma en Las cartas que no llegaron, de Mauricio Rosencof

  • Eun-kyung ChoiEmail author
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Abstract

This present work analyzes The Letters That Never Came (2000), by a Uruguayan writer Mauricio Rosencof, as a text that registers contradictory psychological traces of a traumatized author. (1) It indicates the repetition of the stories of repression of others and the return of his father as an acting out and working through of an author who suffers from the trauma caused not only by the tortures under the Uruguayan dictatorships but also by the loss of his beloved ones, above all, his father, whom he never got to know well. (2) Later, it offers another interpretation on the repeated mentions of the return of his father as a desire to control by his will the traumatic event. (3) Then, it will give another possibility to read the incorporation of his diseased father into the ego of the narrator as symptoms of the melancholy. (4) Finally, it suggests a supplementary interpretation on the telepathy between the narrator and his father as a post-traumatic stress disorder. In this way, it values the repeated phrases in the novel as an attempt to translate the corporal language of an author who suffered the tortures, into the written language. Thus, it insists that registering the psychological traces of the author in writing, works as an indirect and adequate way to narrate the trauma, because, after reading it, the readers are capable of deducing the cause of the pain of the author, and our ability to empathize with him will activate the political agency to speak for the victim.

Keywords

Mauricio Rosencof Las cartas que no llegaron (The Letters That Never Came) Trauma y literatura (trauma and literature) 

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Repulic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017S1A5B5A07057867).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Spanish Language and LiteratureKorea UniversitySeoulKorea

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