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Title: The “Truth” Behind a Scandal: Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Las muertas
Author(s): Lange, Charlotte
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Keywords: Las Poquianchis
Mexican Journalism
Creative nonfiction
Ibargüengoitia, Jorge, 1928 Criticism and interpretation
Ibargüengoitia, Jorge, 1928 Humor.
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Date Deposited: 5-Mar-2009
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.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11061-008-9137-5
Rights: Published in Neophilologus by Springer. The original publication is available at

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