The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico

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The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico

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This book studies picaresque narratives from 1690 to 2013, examining how this literary form serves as a reflection on the material conditions necessary for writing literature in Mexico.

In The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico, Jorge T?llez argues that Mexican writers have drawn on the picaresque as a device for pondering what they regard as the perils of intellectual and creative labor. Surveying ten narratives from 1690 to 2013, T?llez shows how, by and large, all of them are iterations of the same basic structure: p?caro meets writer; p?caro tells life story; writer eagerly writes it down. This written mediation (sometimes fictional but other times completely factual) is presented as part of a transaction in which it is rarely clear who is exploiting whom. Highlighting this ambiguity, T?llez s study brings into focus the role that the picaresque has played in the presentation of writers as disenfranchised and vulnerable subjects. But as T?llez demonstrates,