“Sympathetic travelling”: horizontal ethics and aesthetics in Paco Ignacio Taibo’s Belascoarán Shayne novels

Lewis, J (2009) '“Sympathetic travelling”: horizontal ethics and aesthetics in Paco Ignacio Taibo’s Belascoarán Shayne novels.' In: Pearson, N and Singer, M, eds. Detective fiction in a postcolonial and transnational world. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 135-155. ISBN 9780754668480

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Abstract

In this article Jennifer Lewis argues that the detective novels of Paco Ignacio Taibo II adapt the conventions of the detective novel in order to examine and critique the idea of ‘Mexicanness’ in a post-colonial world.. She argues that these novels, with their unlikely (anti)hero, fantastic plots and playfully ironic style, respond in different ways to an array of different questions triggered by Mexico’s violent history: how to represent a city that is both “magical” and monstrous; how to respond both to the burden of history and a kind of cultural amnesia; how to imagine a kind of “Mexicanidad, Mexican-ness” that does not simply reproduce “exotic delusions”.

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Reproduced as a Kindle e-book edition in 2013.

Keywords: postcolonial, detective fiction, Mexico
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 14:21
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:42
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