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Title: The “Truth” Behind a Scandal: Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Las muertas
Authors: Lange, Charlotte
Contact Email: charlotte.lange@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Las Poquianchis
Mexican Journalism
Creative nonfiction
Parody
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Lange C (2009) The “Truth” Behind a Scandal: Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Las muertas , Neophilologus, 93 (3), pp. 453-464.
Abstract: Social criticism is central to Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Las muertas (1977). However, it is often overlooked that Ibargüengoitia’s novel can also be considered to be a parody of creative nonfiction, particularly of New Journalism. In Las muertas, Ibargüengoitia gives a humorous account of the infamous Poquianchis case (1963-1964) by drawing on the extensive press coverage which the case elicited. Ibargüengoitia’s borrowing of several literary techniques characteristic of the creative nonfiction genre serves to question its objective of factual accuracy and, in addition, condemn the sensationalist style in which the Poquianchis case was covered by the Mexican press. Ibargüengoitia’s literary attempt to uncover the “truth” behind the Poquianchis case did not impede him from taking artistic licence and adding a strong dose of irony to criticise the Mexican authorities involved in the scandal. His innovative fusion of journalism and literature results in a fascinating narrative which suggests authenticity despite substantial factual changes.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/889
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11061-008-9137-5
Rights: Published in Neophilologus by Springer. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Affiliation: SLCR: Spanish

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