Elena Poniatowska sobre Carlos Fuentes: ‘¡Si tuviera cuatro vidas, cuatro vidas serían para ti!’ y ‘El afán totalizador’

September 2014
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839);2014, Vol. 91 Issue 5, p545
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
In this paper I analyse ‘¡Si tuviera cuatro vidas, cuatro vidas serían para ti!’ and ‘El afán totalizador’, two texts that Elena Poniatowska dedicates to Carlos Fuentes. Both are examples of Poniatowska’s biographical reportages or profiles within her literary journalism. I also study Poniatowska’s reportages as hybrid genres that are, at the same time, essays, chronicles, biographies and even short stories, as the author sometimes includes also fiction. All these characteristics together with the use of polyphony, the perfect combination of text and image, and the exercise of literary criticism allow Poniatowska to offer a totalizing representation of Carlos Fuentes. Also, the similarities between the works of the two writers are studied following Poniatowska’s analysis of Fuentes’ works.


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