Myth, the hero and historical resistance in La guerra silenciosa, by Manuel Scorza

Keywords: Andean myth, the Scorzian hero, Manuel Scorza, Andean narrative

Abstract

In “The Silent War”, Manuel Scorza addresses the rebellion of peasant leaders in the communities of central Peru against transnational capitalism, landowning power and the justice system. In this struggle, myth plays a decisive role, lending weight to the project of the Scorzian hero and guiding the quest for justice in the Andean world. In the portrayal of the characters, we find underlying mythical resonances associated with the messianism and redemption of the Indians, that have as their backdrop notions associated with an Andean utopia. The aim of this paper is to address the function of myth in the Scorzian oeuvre and its articulation through the deeds of the leaders of the peasant masses, in their search for justice. The paper proposes that, in the work of Scorza, myth is articulated through the perspective of the vanquished, as a device for reversing the injustice of the order imposed by hegemonic power in the Peruvian Andes.

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Author Biography

Nécker Salazar Mejía, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal. Lima, Peru

Es investigador y docente universitario. Es doctor en Literatura Peruana y Latinoamericana por la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Obtuvo el grado de magíster en Literatura Hispanoamericana en la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú y la licenciatura en Lenguaje y Literatura en la Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal. Ha sido ponente en diferentes actividades académicas y organizador de congresos de literatura, entre ellos el I y el II Congreso Internacional de Teorías, Crítica e Historias Literarias Latinoamericanas en homenaje a Antonio Cornejo Polar (2016 y 2017). Su campo de investigación académica es la literatura indigenista, la narrativa neoindigenista y la oralidad andina. Es coeditor del libro Churata desde el Sur. Actualmente, se desempeña como docente en la Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad Federico Villarreal y en la Unidad de Posgrado de la Facultad de Letras de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

Published
2019-07-23
Section
Artículos