GLOCALCOLLOQUIES - Vol 1, Issue 1, May, 2015

Nomadism and Displacement as Resistance in Bolaño's The Savage Detectives

Author: Boro, Mandeep

Category: Research

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In Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives the young visceral realists emulating the poetic travail of Cesárea Tinajero embark on a journey to change and rescue Latin American poetry. They found visceral realism to wrest the regime of truth from “official” poets such as Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. Yet it's through their marginal conditions and nomadic existence that they

resist such poets. The participants of visceral realism come from the marginalized section, move through marginal spaces in Latin American literature, remain marginalized from official literary historiography. Their marginalities are furthered as they also write poetry through their de/gendered bodies and their nomadic bohemian travails. Such moves do not represent hindrance but promise and possibilities. Marginality and gendered identities, thus, become a potential site of subversion as a challenge to repressive patriarchal and dictatorial designs of master narrative. This paper examines how Deleuzean notion of nomadism, becoming and displacement work

towards resistance in Bolaño's said narrative.

Keywords: Roberto Bolaño, Visceral Realists, Deleuze, Nomadology, Latin American literature

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