De antropofagias y logofagias literarias en la literatura argentina.

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Latin American Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
The XVI century chronicles written about the early settlers of Buenos Aires start with frequent references to cannibalism. In fact, the first writers who describe the beginning of the European presence in the region do not hesitate to stress the emptiness of those lands which would have driven the newcomers insane and would have pushed them to cannibalistic acts. During the following centuries, this motif was extended to the literary discourse as a rhetorical artifice. Argentinean writers interested in writing about their milieu always considered themselves immersed in an "empty" literary scenario which compelled them to "consume" or cannibalize other writers' words and cultures. Antropofagia became logofagia. Parody and pastiche of other [para]literatures were the devices they found to survive in those deserted lands. The aim of this article is to review the different aspects and the deveolpment of this concept of antropofagia/logofagia as a motif and as a discursive mechanism.