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Delirio: The fantastic, the demonic, and the reel narratives from Nuevo Leon

By Marie Theresa Hernandez


This dissertation is about the "making of history." It is about the process of how certain events are laboriously imbedded in the story of a region or nation. It is also about how other events or narratives become phantasms that only surface at disparate moments. These phantasms move towards fiction, fetishism, or writing that is authorized by local dogma. In these movements, these narratives establish and maintain the identity and ideology of a place. Delirio focuses on those phantasms that have been pushed to the margin. If the scriptural creates a scientific history, what is the economy of fantastic text? How do allegories of writing and oral narrative that exist in the liminal region of the reel, explain history? The surreal quality of what was told to me, I believe, is related to the lack of structured, documented history regarding certain strategic aspects of Nuevo Leon's history. The traces of lost or occulted narratives erupt without warning. This study is about the de-centering and de-territorializing of the person inside a particular space

Topics: Cultural anthropology, Latin American history, Folklore
Year: 2000
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