"That my Characters are Crazy, not me". Instances of Auto-fiction in the Work of Andres Caicedo.

José Gabriel Figueroa Carle

Abstract


In the œuvre of Colombian Andrés Caicedo (1951 – 1977), there is an evident intent of the author in (dis)articulating himself as the protagonist of his (non)fictions. We propose an autofictional double reading of two posthumous texts, Mi cuerpo es una celda (2008) and Calicalabozo (2008), which analyzes the fictionalization of his life in his “autobiography” and the auto referential implications of his short story collection. Caicedo reconfigures his native labyrinthine Cali as a lettered extension of himself, shaping one (or various) schizophrenic identity(ies). His very writing becomes inhabited by hostile mirror images of himself projected through a cinematographic focalization that documents and fictionalizes his surroundings in a gothic and alienating Latin American cityscape. We will consider various definitions and modalities of autofiction not only as an authorial tool but also as a literary genre in order to demonstrate how Caicedo weaves an urban myth of himself parallel to and nurtured by his writing, a double discourse so inseparable and insidious that it manages to overcome the “Death of the Author”.


Keywords


Andrés Caicedo; Alberto Fuguet; Autofiction; Autobiography; Cali (Colombia); Film Theory; Death of the Author

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2015.94

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