Framing a pose in immortality: Discourse, Myth, Representation in the Death and Life of Eva Perón

Ingrid Bejerman (ingrid.bejerman@mail.mcgill.ca)
Graduate Program in Communications, McGill University
March, 2001
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Ingrid Bejerman is a journalist, scholar and cultural promoter specializing in cultural reportage, Latin American matters, and journalism training. She served as reporter and columnist for the major São Paulo (Brazil) daily O Estado de S. Paulo, as program coordinator for the Foundation for a New Iberian-American Journalism in Colombia and as director of the Cátedra Latinoamericana Julio Cortázar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She is presently concluding her doctoral dissertation on the future of journalism education, at McGill University.
 

Abstract

This work consists of a combination of approaches to understanding the mythological workings of the death and life of Eva Peron. Using the Foucauldian notions of discursive regularities, the study of materialization and meaning in the 'body that matters' by Judith Butler, along with Baudrillard's definition of simulacra and simulation, this thesis traces the diverse constructions and significations of the 'names' and 'bodies' surrounding Evita's life, the treatment of her death, and the period which followed. Throughout the course of this analysis, her names and bodies are subjected to the conception of 'myth' as defined by Roland Barthes, bringing to light the entwining of factual and fictional narratives that continually supply them. Derrida's notion of differance is used to illustrate the resistance to closure in the histories/stories which emerge from her once single and singular existence and its infinity of derivations. (Thesis approved, 1997)
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