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Beyond BolañoThe Global Latin American Novel$
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Héctor Hoyos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168427

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.001.0001

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On Duchamp and Beuys as Latin American Writers

On Duchamp and Beuys as Latin American Writers

(p.157) 5 On Duchamp and Beuys as Latin American Writers
Beyond Bolaño

Héctor Hoyos

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores appropriations of the concerns and methods of contemporary art as a strategy for global inscription by offering a reading of César Aira's “Duchamp en México” (1997) and Mario Bellatin's Lecciones para una liebre muerta (Lessons to a Dead Hare, 2005). It considers how Aira and Bellatin refashion the republic of letters by adopting the conventions of a neighboring construction, “the art world,” and how they operate within literary circuits as if they were curators and contemporary plastic artists themselves. Aira assumes the persona of Marcel Duchamp, while Bellatin takes on that of Joseph Beuys. It also examines how allusions to landmark works of international contemporary art destabilize the rituals involved in the promotion of literature, calling on their underlying exoticism.

Keywords:   contemporary art, César Aira, Duchamp en México, Mario Bellatin, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys

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