Hero, lover, demon, fool: fictional appropriations of Che Guevara

Rowlandson, William (2011) Hero, lover, demon, fool: fictional appropriations of Che Guevara. Journal of Romance Studies, 11 (2). pp. 61-74. ISSN 1473-3536. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, visiting Cuba in 1960, met Ernesto Guevara and were struck by his personal and political presence. Sartre praised Guevara as the embodiment of existential freedom, referring to his ability to be led by his own assertive will, and not by the will of others, and allegedly described him as 'the most complete human being of our age' (Anderson 1997a: 468). From the time of his death until the present, Guevara has been cast in a wide array of historical reconstructions with varying degrees of fictional distance from biographical historicity. In particular, he has repeatedly appeared as a fictional character in novels, sometimes showing an alarming degree of poetic licence, betraying strong ideological motivations behind the fiction. This article analyses the ironic relationship between Jean-Paul Sartre's praise of Guevara as someone who has fully embraced the freedom of being and the fictionalization or categorization of Guevara as a novelistic character.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: CUBA; CHE GUEVARA; NOVELS; FICTIONAL REPRESENTATION; MYTH; IMAGE; JEANPAUL SARTRE; SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR; IDEOLOGY
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures > Hispanic Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 16:07
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2012 08:07
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30317 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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