Ojeda, Cecilia

Cecilia Ojeda is Associate Professor of Spanish at Northern Arizona University. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona. She is the author of a variety of articles about Chilean literature of the twentieth century published in scholarly journals in the United States, Chile and Canada. Her research about literature written under the dictatorships of Chile and Argentina has been presented in conferences in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Los Imaginarios De La DecepciÓn En Las Novelas Chilenas De Los 90 / Imageries of Deception in Chilean Novels of the 1990s
2004 0-7734-6367-4
This book focuses on the “New Chilean Narrative” published in the historically significant decade of the 90s by a group of writers belonging to the “Generation of the 80s”. The analysis of selected texts by Ana María del Río, Diamela Eltit, Guadalupe Santa Cruz, Jaime Collyer, Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Gonzalo Contreras, and Alberto Fuguet explores the literary strategies by which these writers present literary “imageries of deception” that question the post-dictatorial order in Chile. The concept of “imageries of deception” alludes to literary motifs that represent a critical view of a Chilean contemporary reality whose source can be traced to the Pinochet dictatorship and its ideological aftermath. The “imageries of deception” question the dominant myths that sustain Chilean post-dictatorial society, and remember the nation’s ideological conflicts of the past three decades. As cultural spaces where memory resists the dominant will to deceptively erase the past, the narrative of the 90s reveals the enduring and debilitating impact of a dictatorship successfully disguised as the current “neo-liberal democracy”.