Title

"Narratives of Disappearance and Recovery in Rosa Montero's Historias de mujeres and La loca de la casa" and "Speculative Truths and Derivative Fictions in Juan José Millás Dos Mujeres en Praga"

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Rademacher, Virginia. "Playing for Real: Simulated Games of Identity in Spain's Gen X Narrative." Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion. Ed. Christine Henseler. New York: Routledge, 2012. 193-211. Print.

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Abstract

“Speculative Truths and Derivative Fictions in Juan José Millás' Dos Mujeres en Praga

Applying examples from financial approaches to risk and uncertainty, I consider the function of biography in Juan José Millás best-selling Spanish novel, Dos mujeres en Praga (Two Women in Prague, 2002). As a means to negotiate or leverage uncertainty, Millás´ use of biography builds off the same logic that financial managers apply to derivatives and other financial instruments. One may choose to ´hedge´ against unexpected shifts in value, or instead to capitalize on variability and the risk of conjecture. These speculative approaches address complexities of contemporary reality, in which information and images are more accessible than in the past, and simultaneously more provisional.

“Narratives of Disappearance and Recovery in Rosa Montero’s Historias de mujeres and La loca de la casa.”

I consider two pseudo-biographical works by contemporary Spanish writer, Rosa Montero: Historias de mujeres (Stories of Women, 1995) and La loca de la casa (The Crazy Woman in the House, 2003). Reinforcing the connections among strategies in diverse fields to manage uncertainty, I view the biographical searching in these Spanish narratives as part of a broader process of questioning that reflects changes in culture and in the experience of contemporary reality. The speculative approach to biography that Montero develops in these narratives incorporates risk and uncertainty into the model of narrating a life. In evaluating this narrative strategy, I relate literary approaches to the logic of speculation as a means to manage business and financial risk.

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Arts and Humanities

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Spanish Literature

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