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Latinx Literature UnboundUndoing Ethnic Expectation$
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Ralph E. Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279234

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279234.001.0001

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From Where I Stand: The Intimacy and Distance of We and You in the Short Story

From Where I Stand: The Intimacy and Distance of We and You in the Short Story

(p.76) Chapter 3 From Where I Stand: The Intimacy and Distance of We and You in the Short Story
Latinx Literature Unbound

Ralph E. Rodriguez

Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes the rare focalization of fiction through the first-person plural (we) and the second person (you). It is particularly interested in the affective textures these narrative perspectives create in terms of intimacy and distance, within the story and between narrator and reader. In carrying out this analysis, it examines Manuel Muñoz’s story “Monkey, Sí,” Patricia Engel’s story “Green”, and Ana Menéndez’s story “Why We Left.” In each of the stories, the narrators navigate traumatic life experiences—rape, eating disorders, and a miscarriage, respectively. The chapter does a close reading of how pronominal use affects the characters’ and readers’ emotional experience of the story before them.

Keywords:   distance, intimacy, narrator, perspective

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