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“La patria es impecable y diamantina”: Performing Diamantina in Cristina Rivera Garza’s (Non)Fiction

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Thania Munoz Davaslioglu

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, US
About Thania
Dr. Thania Muñoz D. is an Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latin American and Latinx literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), core faculty of the INCC MA program, Affiliate Faculty of Language, Literacy and Culture and  Gender + Women’s, + Sexuality Studies. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2015. Her academic interests are based on the literary, cultural, and political interconnections between Latin America and the U.S in the 20th and 21st centuries. She uses memory and genre studies to explore how Spanish language texts negotiate belonging within the boundaries of the United States.
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Abstract

Cristina Rivera Garza’s (non) fiction trajectory is a dialogue of interests threaded by her passions for translation, history, poetics, among many other topics. In this article, Diamantina -- a repetitive character in the author’s corpora -- is traced to analyze how gender and cultural memory are portrayed in Nadie me verá llorar (1999) Ningún reloj cuenta esto (2002) and Dolerse: textos desde un país herido (2011). By commenting on Ramón López Velarde’s famous stanza “La patria es impecable y diamantina” in “Suave patria” (1921), Rivera Garza proposes an alternative way of performing nation by women who resist the virtuous adjectives exalted by Velarde in post-revolutionary Mexico, which can be threaded to the glitter used in recent public demonstrations against femicides and gender-based violence. Narrative memory is proposed to name the intersections of intertextuality and cultural memory in her literary cultural production that goes beyond the borders of a nation. This article centralizes the short-story, “La alineación también tiene su belleza” in Ningún reloj cuenta esto, which is set in San Antonio, Texas and New York City, to analyze Mexican canonical representations of women as Patria from a transnational lens.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.157
How to Cite: Munoz Davaslioglu, T., 2021. “La patria es impecable y diamantina”: Performing Diamantina in Cristina Rivera Garza’s (Non)Fiction. Latin American Literary Review, 48(95). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.157
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Published on 06 Apr 2021.
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