Title page for ETD etd-05252012-232315

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Owens, Ashby
Author's Email Address alowens@vt.edu
URN etd-05252012-232315
Title FBOs in Central America: A Critique of Power, Religion and Social Development in Maurice Echeverría’s Diccionario esotérico
Degree Master of Arts
Department Foreign Languages, Cultures, Literatures
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Venkatesh, Vinodh Committee Chair
Bixler, Jacqueline E. Committee Member
Stephenson, Max O. Jr. Committee Member
  • Guatemalan fiction
  • Diccionario esotérico
  • Maurice Echeverría
  • FBO
  • Central American fiction
  • Faith-based Organizations
Date of Defense 2012-04-30
Availability unrestricted
Latin American literature has a rich tradition of translating recreated realities and social commentaries into fictional works. In Central America, especially in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, these commentaries often speak to the plight of the people and the unjust actions of many governments during and after their still fresh civil wars. One Guatemalan author, Maurice Echeverría, stays within the broader trajectory of Central American literature with his novel Diccionario esotérico by creating a fictional work that speaks to a reality and asserts social commentary. This text differs from the corpus, though, by moving beyond the war and the post-war eras to a very current and prominent reality. This novel, which presents a critique of abuses of power in all of their manifestations, gives way to a striking commentary on evangelical organizations. This study will focus on extrapolating this critique to an actual evangelical organization working in Central America, thereby drawing connections between Echeverría’s critical/theological stance and real systems of power.
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