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Writing Displacement, Demythologising Violence: Discourses of Violence in Contemporary Colombia and Laura Restrepo's La multitude errante


This article explores and analyses the representation of violence in contemporary Colombian culture. Violence has come to characterise Colombian society since the onset of the current armed conflict, with devastating consequences for its population. Within this context, this article examines tendencies in contemporary literary representations of violence, with a focus on La multitud errante (2001) by Laura Restrepo, one of Colombia’s foremost writers. It begins with an outline of the origins and evolution of violence in Colombia in the twentieth century, and draws links with the contemporary crisis. It then goes on to explore the ways in which violence in contemporary Colombian society has been narrativized in political, media and cultural discourses before focusing on Restrepo’s text to reveal a recent shift in cultural representations of violence. Framing the analysis in the recent findings of narratological and cultural studies of the discourse of violence, notably those of Sara Cobb, Yeny Serrano and Juana Suárez, this article argues that Restrepo offers new tools for understanding the origins and impact of Colombia’s now endemic violence by shifting the focus of representation from a contemporary trend towards the mythologization of violence and its actors.

Averis, Kate (2016) Writing Displacement, Demythologising Violence: Discourses of Violence in Contemporary Colombia and Laura Restrepo's La multitude errante. Romance Studies, 33 (3/4). pp. 297-308. ISSN 0263-9904


Item Type: Article
Additional Information: pre-print of journal article DOI locator: 10.1080/02639904.2015.1124214
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: Contemporary Colombia, violence, displacement, representation, Laura Restrepo contemporary women’s writing
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research > Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02639904.2015.1124214
URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/6413
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