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Haunting inheritances: persecution and the uncanny in Carmen Boullosa's novel Antes [Before]

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This article will explain how Carmen Boullosa creates a stifling world of urban gothic in 1950s Mexico City. Her novel Antes (1989) presents disconcerting evocations of childhood though which the space of the family home as a place of security is inverted (female Gothic). This article will explore the Catholic legacy in Mexico dating from the Colonial period and will examine how both Boullosa's novel and Angels from the Abyss by Enrique Serna are infused with these haunting inheritances of the Spiritual Conquest. The symbols and language of Catholicism are blurred in both novels, in particular in relation to mysticism and heresy, God and the Devil. This article will explore how the Gothic genre is used in Mexico as a means of criticizing Catholicism and its colonial legacy from within.

Keywords: BOULLOSA; COLONIAL CATHOLICISM; DEVIL; HERESY; PERSECUTION; SERNA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jrs.2012.120104

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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