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The narrative strategy and “el trópico negro” of Temporada de huracanes

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2023, 70(), pp.261-284
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2023.70..261
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : September 10, 2023
  • Accepted : November 10, 2023
  • Published : October 31, 2023

LEE Seonghun 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Fernanda Melchor's Temporada de huracanes, currently considered as one of the leading writers of Mexican novels, deals with the murder of ‘La bruja’. The author, who is a journalist, takes inspiration from criminal cases and novelizes the marginalized people of ‘La Matosa’. This novel not only introduces their lives sensationally and stimulatingly, but also depicts Mexico at the time of experiencing the crisis of neoliberalism. The daily life of the residents of La Matosa, a fictional village based in Veracruz, is a metaphor for the Mexican reality after neoliberalism. Melchor names his novel space as “el trópico negro”. ‘El trópico negro’ is the space where the burning sun and hot, dry climate jeopardize individuals' survival, in which individuals rely on spontaneous pleasure rather than planned life. The characters and events in Temporada de huracanes are also affected by the atmosphere of this “el trópico negro”. Melchor pursues universality beyond the specific area of Veracruz through the space of “el trópico negro”. On the one hand, there is criticism that Melchor is following the formula required by the global publishing capital. Of course, it is also possible to argue that it is impossible to write a novel outside the formula drawn by the global publishing market in the face of globalization. Melchor is creating his own novel aesthetics that portray the reality in a situation where the entertainment industry based on visual media is dominant. 284 In this article, I would like to examine the meaning of the imaginary space of La Matosa in Temporada de huracanes and Melchor's narrative strategy to reveal the Mexican situation through criminal cases.

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