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    ‘Discourse with the Incorporeal Air’: Spectres of Walsh in Plata quemada

    Conlon, David (2018) ‘Discourse with the Incorporeal Air’: Spectres of Walsh in Plata quemada. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. pp. 657-671. ISSN 1475-3839

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    This article suggests that Ricardo Piglia’s non-fiction crime novel Plata quemada (1997) be read as a conscious homage to Rodolfo Walsh’s earlier non-fiction novel ¿Quién mató a Rosendo? (1969). The suggested reading takes as its point of departure the appearance in Piglia’s text of an oblique reference to the ‘play-within-theplay’ of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which also contains echoes of a detail from ¿Quién mató a Rosendo?. Following on from this, the article’s argument is threefold: 1) that ¿Quién mató a Rosendo? and Plata quemada are both concerned with a dramatization of economic paradigms, which amounts to an unveiling of the hidden violence of capitalism; 2) that Plata quemada reflects the evolution of the nature of capitalism, labour, and society in the period between 1969 and 1997; 3) that in its engagement with Walsh’s text via Hamlet, Plata quemada constitutes an act of mourning for Walsh, who was killed by the 1976–1983 military regime, but also in respect of the decline of the traditional left more generally.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Discourse; Incorporeal Air; Spectres of Walsh; Plata quemada'
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > Spanish
    Item ID: 11936
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    Depositing User: David Conlon
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 12:14
    Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press Online
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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