Lavery, Jane E.
Postmodern interpretations of the iconic self: Tinísima by Elena Poniatowska and Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez.
Romance Studies, 25, (3), . (doi:10.1179/174581507x209605).
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This article aims to compare and contrast the representations of Tina Modotti in Tinísima (1991) by Elena Poniatowska and Eva Perón in Santa Evita (1995) by Tomás Eloy Martínez. I will examine the way in which these texts explore the underside of the histories of these women, which are full of paradoxes and ambiguities. I suggest that as multi-genre texts in which the dividing line between fact and fiction is blurred, both novels challenge traditional notions of biography and selfhood and can be placed alongside contemporary notions of subjectivity and of consciousness. It may therefore be suggested that the only way to reconstruct the lives of both women is through postmodernist and New Historical treatments. Eva and Tina are constantly evolving and in continual flux, both ultimately elusive. Their fragmented selves are also reflected at a textual level, where both texts are notable for their use of multiple and often incongruous narrative techniques and discourses.
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