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Nostalgia or Nihilism: Pop Art and the New Spanish American Novel

Djelal Kadir
Journal of Spanish Studies: Twentieth Century
Vol. 2, No. 3 (Winter, 1974), pp. 127-135
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27740653
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Abstract

The use of art as an anti-value to affirm new artistic cannons and meaning has spilled over from Pop Art into other genres of artistic expression. Manuel Puig's "La traición de Rita Hayworth" and Guillermo Cabrera Infante's "Tres tristes tigres" exploit the use of art as a subversive medium capable of sabotaging its own meaning to transcend to a new plane of aesthetics. Through the use of the cliché, the trite, and the cursí these two Spanish American novels achieve the presentation of freshness potentially existent in overt tedium.

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