Christopher Schedler (English)
This presentation explores an intertextual comparison between Saul Zuratas/Mascarita, in Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel The Storyteller and Saul of Tarsus/Paul, the apostle from the Christian New Testament and, from a larger perspective, the Judeo-Christian tradition as a hybridization of elements from multiple cultures. The textual comparison includes the similarity in the names and backgrounds of both Sauls and the adaptation that accompanies the inclusion of an outsider into an exclusive group. An analysis of the indigenous Machiguenga tribe and intentional references to similarities between tribal migrations and the Jewish people’s journey through the wilderness after a period of captivity are addressed. This paper also engages with recent scholarship to assess the role of identity in The Storyteller with an emphasis on assigned versus assumed identity. Overlapping categories of identity are examined to further delve into the individual’s responsibility in the creation of their own identity.
Keywords: Intertextuality, Hybridization, Identity