Contrapuntos en un canon nacionalista: La jaula de la melancolía de Roger Bartra

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This essay studies the presence of counterpoints in Roger Bartra’s essay The Cage of Melancholy (1987). Firstly, counterpoint represents a writing style that is decentred and evasive, proposed by Bartra as a critical vehicle and an alternative for nationalist appropriations of Mexican identity that precede his work. Secondly, I will examine the references to counterpoint within a series of metacritical meditations that Bartra develops on the appropriation of Otherness by Mexican nationalism and through writing. Ultimately, the tension between contrastive models of counterpoint – that alternatively stress its evasive and synthesizing character – illustrates how Bartra situates the conflict between identity and alterity at the centre of this essayistic project.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)337-355
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool),
Issue number3
Early online date15 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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