C. Parker Benedict defended her Honors Project

On Tuesday April 29, C. Parker Benedict successfully defended her Honors Project titled: “The Reemergence of the Indigenous Mayan Voice in Literature: An Analysis of the Writings of Miguel Ángel Asturias”

Advisor: Dr. Marina Llorente

Below is a description of the project written by Parker:

In my thesis I propose that Leyendas de Guatemala and Hombres de maíz, two works written by Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias, represent the reemergence of the indigenous Mayan perspective in modern literature.  Following the conquest of the America’s, the dominant narrative voice throughout the world reflected the viewpoints of Europeans.  Through his writing Asturias helps to regain the collective memory of the indigenous Mayan people in Guatemala and rewrite history from the Mayan perspective.  His works represent the first texts to express the indigenous Mayan perspective and voice since the writing of the Popol Vuh and Los libros de Chilam Balam in the 16th and 17th centuries.  In my analysis of Leyendas de Guatemala and Hombres de maíz I have found that the narrative voice of Asturias, along with the incorporation of Mayan beliefs and myths, demonstrate the reemergence of the indigenous perspective in literature.

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