ERIC Number: EJ863207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 20
Illness, Observation, and Contradiction: Intertext and Intrahistory in Alejandro Morales's "The Captain of All These Men of Death"
Bilingual Review, v29 n1 p3-13 Jan-Apr 2008-2009
Numerous critics have marked Alejandro Morales's controversial career by its shift from the experimental novel to historical fiction as well as by what Morales himself describes as the connection between intrahistory and intertextuality. Morales's latest work, "The Captain of All These Men of Death," emphasizes the fictive nature of historical narrative as well as the liberatory potential of creating historicized counternarratives that both confound and confirm the discourses that influence and help define modern culture. "Captain" offers the first-person narrative of Robert Contreras's personal struggle with tuberculosis interspersed with tales that draw upon the work of Albert Camus' "The Plague," Boccacio's "The Decameron," and other well-known texts while simultaneously emphasizing the contrast and the social and economic ruptures between what appears to be an undisturbed world and the anguish of reality for the Chicana/o subject who must live in this contradictory world. Morales weaves fiction, nonfiction, and history together in order to remind the readers of the atrocities that exist in this world, and in doing so he creates a work that succeeds in binding and tying history through the medium of pain and suffering, plague and disease as the common thread that weaves its way through humanity.
Descriptors: Males, Fiction, History, Authors, Personal Narratives, Diseases, Hispanic Americans, Literature, Pain, Psychological Patterns
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