“You were never anything ...you were never born!” El papel de la memoria en una selección de textos de Eudora Welty and Alice Munro

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Ellen Matlok-Ziemann

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Este artículo aborda cómo, en los relatos cortos de Eudora Welty "Visit of Charity " y en los de Alice Munro, "Asphodel" y "Bear Came over the Mountain", se utiliza la memoria para socavar el sentido de identidad de un personaje; o cómo el acceso a "nuevos" recuerdos puede fortalecer a los personajes diagnosticados con demencia. Los relatos demuestran no solo cómo el acceso a la memoria permite a los personajes comprometerse en un futuro, sino también cuáles son los peligros si un personaje parece estar bloqueado en el pasado. Estos textos muestran además cómo la negación de las memorias compartidas se emplea de diferentes maneras. En Welty, esto se convierte en el medio desesperado de una anciana para mantenerse cuerda en un hogar de ancianos. En Munroe, la anciana que sufre de demencia y no puede acceder con fiabilidad al pasado, socava el sentido de identidad de su esposo.

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Matlok-Ziemann, E. (2020). “You were never anything .you were never born!”. VERBEIA. Revista De Estudios Filológicos. Journal of English and Spanish Studies, 6(5), 50-68. https://doi.org/10.57087/Verbeia.2020.4174
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