By Mabel Moraña
An English-language translation of the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and LASA Premio Iberoamericano award-winning Spanish-language e-book, Arguedas/ Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes, Mabel Moraña bargains the 1st comparative research of 2 of up to date Latin America's primary literary figures: Mario Vargas Llosa and Jose Maria Arguedas.
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18. [The text cited here, from 1974, shares its title with Chap. 14 of Vargas Llosa’s later 1993 memoir, El pez en el agua, which was translated the following year as A Fish in the Water. Although the two texts deal with the same theme, they differ substantially. ] 19. ” 20. Pierre Bourdieu defines symbolic capital as “any property (any form of capital whether physical, economic, cultural or social) when it is perceived 36 M. MORAÑA 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. ” Vargas Llosa is clearly conscious of the importance of cultural power and of the close ties between the cultural field and the political field and for this reason attempts to interweave them and link them since “the state, which possesses the means of imposition and inculcation of the durable principles of vision and division that conform to its own structure, is the site par excellence of the concentration and exercise of symbolic power” (Bourdieu 47).
His criticisms of intellectuals who continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Cuban Revolution point to the previously mentioned process of using language as a device for selflegitimation. 16 The attacks that Vargas Llosa directed toward writers of the stature of Alejo Carpentier and Pablo Neruda, for example, illustrate a strategy for the distribution of recognition or criticism in which Vargas Llosa assigned himself to the place of equanimity and ideological freedom that would stand in contrast to the political positions of those who have been “conditioned” by ideology and act, according to the Peruvian writer, as if they were socialist robots.
Indeed, to the politico-ideological repercussions of the events of May 1968 in France, the massacre at Tlatelolco in Mexico City in the same year, and the advance of pre-dictatorial repression in the Southern Cone in the late 1960s and early 1970s, one can add the economic downturn that occurred throughout Latin America in those years. 27 Various critics (Hernán Vidal and ARGUEDAS AND VARGAS LLOSA 29 Jean Franco, among others) have analyzed the relations between ideology and fiction as well as the new avenues that literature proposes for the elaboration of historical memory at the continental level.