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Latin American crónica
Non-fiction narrative
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Rempel, Leanne M
Supervisor and department
Cobb, Russell (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Heilman, Jaymie (History and Classics)
LaForest, Daniel (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Date accepted
Graduation date
2017-11:Fall 2017
Master of Arts
Degree level
The crónica has been an important literary and cultural component in Latin America for years. Published in newspapers or magazines, these short works details true events while employing literary elements usually reserved for fiction. Today, many scholars still debate the elements of the genre as it sits in an uncomfortable grey area between literature and journalism. In recent years, many crónicas have taken up themes around drug wars and narcoculture, making this grey area even more vexed, as the authors deal with personal and national tragedies. Presenting controversial and marginalized themes from a personal perspective, the crónica establishes a raw connection between the writer and the audience. This thesis strives to determine how specific narrative elements construct intimacy of the story, specifically in crónicas of violence in Colombia. A secondary goal is to determine how intimacy strives to affect the perception of truthfulness. Does a more intimate story seem closer to the truth, or does the subjectivity limit this possibility? While this thesis cannot propel the genre into only one realm of either literature or journalism, by analyzing narrative elements in the well known crónicas “El pueblo que sobrevivió a una masacre amenizada con gaitas” by Alberto Salcedo Ramos, “Relato de un secuestrado” by Álvaro Sierra and Noticia de un secuestro by Gabriel García Márquez, this thesis helps us understand how the perception of truthfulness is constructed in a series of texts about a very real problem.
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