Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Sub-Department

Spanish

First Advisor

Isis Sadek

Abstract

This work explores the use of visual culture in Horacio Quiroga's 'La cámara oscura', Julio Cortázar's 'Apocalipsis de Solentiname', and Rodolfo Walsh's 'Fotos', focusing on its role in the development of a new conceptualization of the argentine space. The visual culture in these short stories, represented through the art of photography, gives the reader a new way of access into a national space that has been historically established by a politically dominated narrative. While the past rhetoric has been characterized by recognizing the territory as empty and assigning it the preferred meaning, these short stories revert such mechanism by developing the identity of the characters based on their interaction with the territory, which is made possible through the visual culture. The analysis of the visual culture through the theories of Henri Lefebvre, Edward Soja and Jens Andermann allow us to position ourselves in relation to the space and to understand how such spaces are created, arriving at the conclusion that there is no set national space and that the production of space is in constant evolution.

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