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In Cervantes' Shadow

Raiders and Writers of the Lost Archive



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In Cervantes' Shadow by Kim-Por Paul Kong
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This dissertation, "In Cervantes' Shadow: Raiders and Writers of the Lost Archive" by Kim-por, Paul, Kong, 江劍波, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract Abstract of thesis entitled In Cervantes' Shadow: Raiders and Writers of the Lost Archive submitted by Kong Kim Por Paul for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong in October 2005 This study examines the concepts of the archive and the manuscript, and how they are playfully raided by Borges, Puig and Marquez in Cervantes' shadow. At the same time, this study is on narrative theory, and also looks at Cervantes' influence on Latin American writers. In Part I, 'Archives Versus Manuscripts', Chapter One begins with a discussion of Wordsworth's re-reading of Don Quixote and focuses on the ideological and patriarchal nature of the archive in terms of secrecy, origin and power as suggested by Echevarria. The totalizing and paralyzing nature of the archive will be discussed through Foucault's The Archaeology of Knowledge and archival evil and violence through Derrida's Archive Fever. In Chapter Two, the non- originating, non-totalizable and destabilizing nature of the manuscript will be unpacked through various works, especially the ones by Marquez and Cervantes. i Part II 'Cervantes' Archive' consists of Chapters Three and Four, which explore the concepts of tropelia and bewitchment in Cervantes' 'The Dialogue of the Dogs' and the adventure of the Cave of Montesinos in Don Quixote. Tropelia as a device which confuses appearance and reality will be traced in these two works, especially with emphasis on the figure of the witch as a female seducer and narrator, and as an embodiment of tropelia. In Part III 'Postcolonial Archives', Chapter Five centers on Borges' 'Funes the Memorious' and 'The Library of Babel', and Eco's The Name of the Rose, in which the archive manifested in the form of memory and the library is both a place for preservation and destruction and an embodiment of the labyrinth. Chapter Six discusses Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman, in which the dialogue between Molina and Valentin effects not only the destabilization and raiding of the archives of films, the discourse on homosexuality and police documents, but also reveals the inability of the archive to tell the truth because of the confusion of fact and fiction by the existence of fictional manuscripts in the archive. Chapter Seven looks at Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, in which, the postcolonial archive is unable to narrate and to offer a plot within a story. Part IV is 'Archives Go Soft', in which Chapter Eight looks at the importance of the raiding of the lost archive by these writers and at the future of archival discourse, especially in the setting of virtual reality of the Internet and of globalization as a new form of post-colonization. (403 words) ii DOI: 10.5353/th_b3156035 Subjects: Archives in literature
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January 26th, 2017
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