Silence in four works of Elena Poniatowska: A socioliterary approach
Smith, Kim L.
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This study will concentrate on the element of silence and its sociological effects on individuals in Fuerte es el silencio, Hasta no verte Jesus mio, La noche de Tlatelolco, and Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela. I chose these four works for their stylistic variations on a common theme. Fuerte es el silencio chronicles a variety of events and situations: displacement of the poor, the Student Movement of 1968, a hunger strike protesting the holding of political prisoners, the "desaparecidos," and a squatter settlement. Hasta no verte Jesus mio is written in the form of a confession of an illiterate peasant woman who suffers from the effects of poverty. I^a noche de Tlatelolco offers multiple perspectives of the massacre at Tlatelolco in 1968, using new journalist techniques of arranging accounts from various media to present the story. Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela narrates in epistolary form the story of an obsessive, destructive love for Diego Rivera experienced by the Russian painter Angelina Beloff.