Nueva novela histórica: "El ejército iluminado", de David Toscana

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


A Mexican army heading North to regain El Alamo,
Texas, and a man who avenges the killing of the Mexicans in
the Battle of San Jacinto: these two stories show David
Toscana’s obsession to romance Mexican wars with a sense of
absurd. Indeed, the army marches with more dreams than
weapons, while the man nurses a grudge after more than a
hundred years since the bloody battle. The history of the 1836
Texas War and the invasion of Monterrey by the United States
in 1846, the scenarios of these battles and the consequences of
these two conflicts for the inhabitants of Monterrey are the
main themes of David Toscana’s works. In this article, I
describe the several references to war of El ejército iluminado
and Duelo por Miguel Pruneda. I also aim to explore the
aesthetic forms of Toscana’s works, which approach the
concept of the new historical novel of Seymour Menton and
that of historiographic metafiction of Ute Seydel. This
will allow me to identify the soul wounds of the
inhabitants of the boundary narrated by Toscana, which had not
yet been addressed.
Period5 Nov 2019
Held atMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)