Milton Hatoum, Intertextualiy and Memory of Literature

  • Majda Bojić University of Zagreb
Keywords: Milton Hatoum, intertextuality, memory, recollection, memory of literature

Abstract

Memory can be considered as the central element of the narrative aesthetics of contemporary Brazilian author Milton Hatoum. His works thematize the phenomenon and role of memory and also problematize the act of memory as well. Further, the narrative structure of Hatoum’s fiction can be regarded as the result of recollection, necessary for the reconstruction of personal or family history. In this sense, we believe that the work of this writer comprises another phenomenon that can be viewed in relation to memory, thereby offering new lines of interpretation, that is intertextuality. As a literary device, intertextuality reveals itself as a universal in Hatoum’s texts, in the form of relationships created not only with Brazilian and foreign textual references but also with the works of the author himself. The study of the intertextual dimension in the light of memory, reveals this equally important aspect of Hatoum’s use of memory as a literary theme and device.

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Author Biography

Majda Bojić, University of Zagreb
Majda Bojić é licenciada em Literatura Comparada e Língua e Literatura Francesas pela Faculdade de Filosofia e Letras da Universidade de Zagreb, Croácia. Desde 2005 trabalha como assistente no Curso de língua e literatura portuguesas da Faculdade de Filosofia e Letras da Universidade de Zagreb. Doutorou-se em 2013 (Memória e identidade na obra de Milton Hatoum). Entre as principais áreas de investigação inclui estudos de memória, teoria literária, estudos comparados, literatura portuguesa, brasileira e literaturas africanas de expressão portuguesa.
Published
2016-12-29
How to Cite
BojićM. (2016). Milton Hatoum, Intertextualiy and Memory of Literature. Verba Hispanica, 24(1), 169-184. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.24.1.169-184
Section
Literature