El imaginario de la violencia: entre el miedo y la fascinación. Consideraciones en torno a Perra brava de Orfa Alarcón

Title in English The imaginery of Violence - Between Fear and Fascination. Considerations around Perra brava by Orfa Alarcón


Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Colindancias
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Contemporary Mexican novel; violence; Perra brava; Orfa Alarcón
Description The novel Perra brava (2010) by Orfa Alarcón is usually classified as a narconovela, but it definitely does not represent a paradigmatic example of this particular literary gender. Thanks to its form it rather resembles psychological novels. The life of the main female character called Fernanda is marked by fear and violence that forms an indivisible part of her reality. Nevertheless, this time the world of the drug dealers is not situated in the epicentre of the attention. One of the narrative lines focuses on the life story of the heroine following her evolution in a similar way as it is common in novels representing the gender of Bildungsroman. The story, narrated by Fernanda herself, unfolds the gradual metamorphosis of the heroine, who from a helpless victim becomes a merciless aggressor. The article analyses the narrative techniques used to depict the complex transformation of the character. Special attention is paid to the reactions the character in key situations when she is confronted with different manifestations of violence. The initial fear falls back, as the character’s admiration and fascination by violence gradually gains more space.
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