Area of Study
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
My research examines the concept of the void in the fiction of Roberto Bolaño. I devote particular attention to the posthumous novel 2666, which concerns the real life murders of women in Ciudad Juárez. Informed by readings in philosophy and theology, I use the void to center two antithetical penta-dimensional frameworks that constitute five areas of qualitative assessment in an interpretation of the feminicides: being/non-being, goodness/evil, fate/coincidence, order/chaos, the existence of God/the non-existence of God. I use these paradigms to read the feminicides portrayed by the novel as evidence for the existence or non-existence of God. In the dialectic of the novel, this approach translates to a way to understand evil, begging the question, “How do readers understand an evil that defies explanation in a world characterized by secularity?” In light of the recent proliferation of world crises, this question demarcates a context that allows for paradigmatic synthesis and that reflects the dissonance between being in a state of evil and understanding it.
Chun, Cody, "Meaning Out of Nothing: A Penta-Dimensional Framework to Understand the Feminicides of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 as Evidence for the (Non-)Existence of God" (2015). Summer Research. 261.
University of Puget Sound