Larga noche hacia mi madre: Foucault, madness and memory as an lost aftertaste

In this approach to a Costa Rican novel, we resort to the Foucauldian concept of madness as a theoretical starting point. The analyzed text presents the manifestation of madness as a space of physical and mental alienation that overwhelms Tito's mother. Faced with the desperation that it provok...

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Main Author: Alvarado Vega, Óscar Gerardo
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica 2022
Online Access: https://revistas.tec.ac.cr/index.php/trama/article/view/6402
https://hdl.handle.net/2238/14174
Summary: In this approach to a Costa Rican novel, we resort to the Foucauldian concept of madness as a theoretical starting point. The analyzed text presents the manifestation of madness as a space of physical and mental alienation that overwhelms Tito's mother. Faced with the desperation that it provokes in him, the delirium ends up making a dent in him, too, and both are immersed in that world of darkness prefigured from the title itself. In such a way, the night is the advent of a social and mental madness, which is precisely the conclusion of our analysis. This because madness is also a social and historical construct to alienate the subject from the power of discourse.