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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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Confounding the Mimetic: The Metafictional Challenge to Representation

Confounding the Mimetic: The Metafictional Challenge to Representation

(p.54) Chapter 2 Confounding the Mimetic: The Metafictional Challenge to Representation
Latinx Literature Unbound

Ralph E. Rodriguez

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the one-to-one correspondence between fiction and the world many readers of realist fiction expect and even desire. More specifically, this chapter examines Salvador Plascencia’s metafictional novel The People of Paper to show how it disrupts these desires for mimetic fidelity and emphasizes instead an interest in the very nature of fiction. It is, in short, a story about story in which the characters and the narrator are in a battle over omniscience and who gets to tell one’s story. Finally, the chapter analyzes how the production of Latino circulates in a novel that refuses to obey the properties of realism. In so doing, it forces readers out of mundane positions in evaluating whether a work of fiction accurately, positively, or authentically represents the community they might wish for it to represent.

Keywords:   Latinx, metafiction, mimesis, realism

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