Writing Techniques in Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

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Puig's highly innovative techniques are what are most often commented on by critics of his novels. The most obvious of these is his use of popular culture in the form of movies, tangos, advertisements, and soap operas. For this reason his novels have been described as an amalgamation of "high" and "low" culture.

Puig has said that he prefers copying to creating, and this is perhaps a key to his unique style. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth consists of a series of manuscripts, interior monologues, and conversations recorded over a period of fifteen years. Rather than developing full-blown characters and weaving complex plots, he practices what Roland Barthes has called "zero degree" writing. This is style at its most transparent: writing as a window on reality.

The author seldom intrudes into the text and, in fact, avoids all third person narration. Puig's intent in Betrayed by Rita Hayworth was to...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Betrayed by Rita Hayworth from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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