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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Voice and Collective Identity in La Voz Dormida

Dulce Chacon's novel, La Voz Dormida (2002), acts as a collective voice for women during the post-Spanish Civil War era and can be seen as a historical exploration of women's experiences. The female characters in the novel represent a collective identity of the Spanish woman. Individually, they represent a piece of the complex puzzle and challenges the traditional role of women. Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of polyphony is used to analyze how the author elaborates a voice and unique story for each character, which stems from the hybridization of the oral and written testimony along with the interweaving of fact and fiction. Furthermore, the novel can be seen as a 'place of memory' according to Pierre Nora's theory. Not only does Chacon's work become a 'place' in which an historical exploration of women's experiences in prison 'takes refuge', but it also uses the Ventas Prison as the setting for the torture of women that occurred for years.

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Presenter: Amanda Loveless (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Spanish
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am Session II