Presentation Title

Living in the Fringes of Narcoculture

Faculty Mentor

Dr. David Kelman

Start Date

23-11-2019 11:15 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

Markstein 201

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

The Netflix series Narcos ignited an interest in Narcoculture here in the U.S. popular media. Through this popularity, I began to notice the differences in how their narratives drastically differed here in the U.S. compared to Mexican culture. This phenomenon intrigued my curiosity of how this narrative affected American literature opposed to Mexican, and found that in border literature, this narco theme is often overlooked. Recent scholars have seen a rise in the influence of Narcoculture in Mexican literature, with a new genre they term as Narcoliteratura. This new type of literature mirrors the trend in popular media, film, and music, that portray the narco as a specific archetypal character: rich, flashy, and violent. The distrust of government is reflected by the violent and criminal acts these archetypes engage in. In American literature, these novels portray more of a black and white plot regarding the drug war, where their protagonists are characters in law enforcement roles and the narco is placed as the criminal. However, the narco-narrative in Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yurri Herrera, acts as a looming presence throughout the novel that is fundamental in driving the plot. In this borderlands novel, the narco is not explicitly addressed, but instead is a figure in the background that plays an essential part of the plot.

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Nov 23rd, 11:15 AM Nov 23rd, 11:30 AM

Living in the Fringes of Narcoculture

Markstein 201

The Netflix series Narcos ignited an interest in Narcoculture here in the U.S. popular media. Through this popularity, I began to notice the differences in how their narratives drastically differed here in the U.S. compared to Mexican culture. This phenomenon intrigued my curiosity of how this narrative affected American literature opposed to Mexican, and found that in border literature, this narco theme is often overlooked. Recent scholars have seen a rise in the influence of Narcoculture in Mexican literature, with a new genre they term as Narcoliteratura. This new type of literature mirrors the trend in popular media, film, and music, that portray the narco as a specific archetypal character: rich, flashy, and violent. The distrust of government is reflected by the violent and criminal acts these archetypes engage in. In American literature, these novels portray more of a black and white plot regarding the drug war, where their protagonists are characters in law enforcement roles and the narco is placed as the criminal. However, the narco-narrative in Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yurri Herrera, acts as a looming presence throughout the novel that is fundamental in driving the plot. In this borderlands novel, the narco is not explicitly addressed, but instead is a figure in the background that plays an essential part of the plot.