To Start to Sing. Modes of Self-Representation of the Singer Poet in "El gaucho Martín Fierro" and "El guacho Martín Fierro"

Carolina Ramallo


This article seeks to relieve and to comparatively analyze the ways in which the figure of the singer poet is represented in El gaucho Martín Fierro of José Hernández (published in 1872) and El guacho Martín Fierro of Oscar Farina (2011). We pay special attention to the manner in which it is formulated and tries to answer the question about who can speak from the position of the singer, from an authorized knowledge by the experience, technically and aesthetically skilled. In this way, we explore the ways that both texts produce complex relationships with the otherness that allow a productive use of the language.


self-representation of the writer, recent Argentine literature, gauchesca

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