Bauer, Sidonia (2018). Melquíades gitano: "Un peso humano". In: Serendipia: migración como oportunidad, Kölner Beiträge zur Lateinamerika-Forschung, pp. 72-85. Köln: Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika.

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The present article deals with Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Cien años de soledad (1967) and particularly with the creative role the main character Melquíades plays as a gipsy figure. In a first chapter, the gitano Melquíades is characterized and his role for Macondo and the Buendía family is highlighted. In a second term, his creative role in respect to the development of Macondo is revealed. In a third instance, Melquíades’ poetological importance as a gipsy figure and a figure of creativity – that is of scientific, technical and cultural progress – is underlined. This analysis leads to the conclusion that Márquez constructs a gipsy figure opposite to the traditional European construction of the “Zigeuner” in literature and thus develops a universal dimension of the gipsy that exceeds ethnic boundaries and therefore becomes an emblem of humanity. At the same time, Melquíades’ poetological dimension proposes the beginning of an emancipated South American literature that breaks with European tradition, although referring to it.

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Wentzlaff-Eggebert, Christianmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Traine, Martínmail-aspla(at)uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
CorrectorMüller-Nübling, ArturUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-102566
Title of Book: Serendipia: migración como oportunidad, Kölner Beiträge zur Lateinamerika-Forschung
Series Name: Kölner Beiträge zur Lateinamerika-Forschung
Volume: 15
Page Range: pp. 72-85
Date: 2018
Publisher: Arbeitskreis Spanien - Portugal - Lateinamerika
Place of Publication: Köln
ISSN: 1438-6887
Language: Spanish
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Zentrum für Lateinamerika
Subjects: Romance languages French
Italic Latin
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Cien años de soledad; García Márquez; literatura colombiana; gitanosSpanish
One Hundred Years of Solitude; García Márquez; Colombian literature; Romani peopleEnglish
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