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Fragmentation and Schizophrenia in Pedro Páramo

Fragmentation and Schizophrenia in Pedro Páramo

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Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo is perhaps the most enigmatic literary work of Latin America. The novel’s multiple perspectives and the fragmentation of the self and language, together with its auditory and visual hallucinations, invite analysis as indicative of mental illness. Whereas previous critical interpretation has focused on the supposed literary devices, the present analysis notes indications of acute schizophrenia, which explains the fragmentation and hallucinations, as well as structural difficulties of the novel that have not been satisfactorily addressed. The present reading of Pedro Páramo draws on psychological-literary sources to argue that there is one narrator in the text, which presents internally generated monologues and dialogues as an exposition of the schizophrenic experience.
Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo is perhaps the most enigmatic literary work of Latin America. The novel’s multiple perspectives and the fragmentation of the self and language, together with its auditory and visual hallucinations, invite analysis as indicative of mental illness. Whereas previous critical interpretation has focused on the supposed literary devices, the present analysis notes indications of acute schizophrenia, which explains the fragmentation and hallucinations, as well as structural difficulties of the novel that have not been satisfactorily addressed. The present reading of Pedro Páramo draws on psychological-literary sources to argue that there is one narrator in the text, which presents internally generated monologues and dialogues as an exposition of the schizophrenic experience.

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Published by: Transformative Studies Institute on Apr 02, 2010
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