This paper examines the representations of violence in Guatemalan and El Salvadoran literature against the backdrop of persistently high levels of violence and crime following the civil wars in both countries. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach settled within cultural studies and uses two examples—De fronteras (2007) by Claudia Hernández and Días amarillos (2009) by Javier Payeras—to analyze the narrative strategies applied in the process of recounting violence. The results of the literary analysis enable the author to draw conclusions concerning the way in which both societies deal with urban post-war violence. The texts refer to the ubiquity of violence and the hopelessness of the situation, as well as to the responsibility of the mass media for reproducing violence and a general turning away from the public domain towards the private life.
Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft, 52, 2017, 288-311
Berlin Münster Wien Zürich London: LIT Verlag, 2013
Revista Cultura, 106, 2011, 123-150
Luna Park, 31, 2011
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