But death is more than the expiration, violent or not, of a living body. It is also a key trope in literature and theory. Wasn’t Rulfo referring not only to bodily death but also to another sort of death: the eclipse of the authoritative, authorial speaker? “All his noise [murmullos],” Rivera Garza writes, referencing the way Rulfo links one and another sort of death (17). Writing is the graveyard of speech, and Rivera Garza cites numerous examples of its burial: in Camilla Roy, in Hélène Cixous, in Margaret Atwood, and in Roland Barthes. From Stéphane Mallarmé to contemporary displacements of the authorial voice, death works as a figure through which to understand language, particularly written language.
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