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Paradox, Rey, and The Neocolonialist Policies at the Turn of the 19th to the 20th Century

Abstract

This paper aims to discuss how neocolonialist policies are configured in the novel Paradox, Rey, by PíoBaroja. Considering the violent process of colonization of the African continent imposed by European nations in the 19th century, two hypotheses lead this work: firstly, to problematize French domination in African countries, Pío Baroja ends up repeating the same practices adopted by the French, employing a political-cultural imposition and the cultural silencing of the other. On the other hand, trying to introduce a logic that escapes from the colonialist policies that European countries imposed on the African continent with the objective of economic enrichment by way of exploitation, the anarchism put into practice in Bu-Tata is also not possible. The impossibility is so much since this is imposed by Europeans, for not being able to escape the genocidal logic of colonialism.

Keywords:
Pío Baroja; Neocolonialism; Postcolonialism

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