Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
LACS: Hispanic Studies
Dr. Priscilla Meléndez
Although Roberto Bolaño’s outwardly irreverent, stridently innovative fictions might not show it, the Chilean author read widely. Beyond the primary, ample influence of Jorge Luis Borges in Bolaño’s literary production, I believe James Joyce to be a clear second. This thesis uncovers the Joycean aesthetic specifically in Bolaño’s short story “Últimos atardeceres en la tierra,” (2001) where I contend that the author succeeds in joining the violence of Latin American fiction with the generative epiphany of the European Joyce, particularly from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). I suggest that Bolaño does so in order to reflect upon, and to some extent, justify his life as an artist in various transnational self-exiles. The paternal character in both Joyce and Bolaño’s work becomes a central figure as a point of biographical reflection for the authors, a representative of homeland and, ultimately, of lifelong national disillusion.
Finucane, Peter, "Patria, padre y exilio: la estética epifánica de James Joyce en ‘Últimos atardeceres en la Tierra’ de Roberto Bolaño". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2022.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/948