Title

Visualizing a State of Debt: Sergio Chejfec’s Art of Landscapes and Loans

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

5-2013

Conference Name

Latin American Studies Association

Conference Location

Washington, D.C.

Peer Review

Yes

Abstract

This paper examines two novels by the Argentine author Sergio Chejfec: Boca de lobo (2000) and La experiencia dramática (2012). By examining their relationship to Jorge Luis Borges' short story "El Zahir," I examine the ways in which the structures and obligations of loans and debt (or contemporary forms of abstract money more generally) are materialized into understandable and interpretable aesthetic forms in the novel. I suggest that Chejfec's interest in literary form and economic form in these novels present key complications to the concept of posthegemony as it is elaborated by John Beasley-Murray.

Keywords

Sergio Chejfec, Boca de lobo, La experiencia dramática, Jorge Luis Borges, El Zahir, posthegemony, loans, debt, poverty, literary form

Disciplines

Latin American Literature

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