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17.55, Introduction to Latin American Studies, Fall 2006 Prof. Chappell Lawson Session 3: Class Discussion of Big Mama’s Funeral Introduction to Big Mama’s Funeral Macondo is the site of Garcia Marquez’s novels o a magical town in rural Colombia where outrageous facts meet mundane fantasies o Meant to be a microcosm of Latin America Story is supposed to be very funny Big Mama is matriarch of Macondo; represents the past 92 years old (1492-1992?) virgin; no children; heirs are 9 nieces and nephews o oldest is Nicanor o One niece, Magdalena, renounces marriage for Church and gets a diamond ring but nothing else in the will o Lots of bastard children fathered by men Big Mama owns all the land; government pays her for citizens use of streets; no one in Macondo owns any land except her Receives and delivers votes of all living and dead in her domain Usury rights passed on to relatives Long justification of her rule (“immaterial possessions”)
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