S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Latin American Studies (라틴아메리카연구소) Revista Iberoamericana (이베로아메리카연구) Revista Iberoamericana (이베로아메리카연구) vol.22 no.01/02 (2011)
DE LA REGIÓN EN EL EPISTOLARIO Y LA OBRA CRíTICA DE TOMÁS CARRASQUILLA
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- Revista Iberoamericana, Vol.22 No.2, pp. 91-126.
- The work of Colombian writer Tomás Carrasquilla evidences the
authenticity of a narrator who, in the process of cultural evolution of Colombian
and Latin American literature, establishes a historical framework: in his quest for
self-expression, he turned his vision to America, particularly to the characters
and situations of the people of Antioquia, his home province. His writing also
becomes the first to offer a broad array of historical and fictional literary worlds,
expanded and elaborated by later generation of well-known authors such as
German Espinosa, Gabriel García Márquez and Álvaro Mutis who, in their
unique styles, were able to turn the complex cultural sides of Colombian
society into something more universal and widely recognizable.
But the work of Tomás Carrasquilla is not only confined to his fictional world. In
fact, through the letters (epistles) and various critical essays published by the
writer in magazines and newspapers at the time, he reveals a tension that
allows us to understand a unique and very personal aesthetic outlook where
local or regional elements do not suffice as literary qualifier or leitmotif.
The letters and the critical essays allow us to trace the clear and coherent vision
between his theories and the assumption of a writing style that we dont find in
any other author until the mid-twentieth century. The tension generated by the
political period known as Regeneration and the position taken by centralists
that the countrys capital (Bogotá) should be the center of administrative power
as well as that of aesthetic ideas are, in part, the basis for Tomás Carrasquillas
refreshing attitude. This article focuses on the revelation of his artistic principles and also on some intricacies of the said regenerative project, essential to
understanding the work and life of the author.