Date of Award

May 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

César Ferreira

Committee Members

Amy T. Olen, Nancy Bird-Soto


Arguedas, Decolonialidad, Decoloniality, Modernity, Postcolonial Studies


This project seeks to understand José María Arguedas’s literary production through the

lens of decolonial theory. The first chapter is an introduction to the objectives of this

project. Next, the second chapter is based on an approach to the concepts of decoloniality

and postcolonial studies, which serve as a theoretical background for the purpose of this

thesis. The third chapter is based on a decolonial reading of Arguedas’s "Todas las

sangres", which leads to problematize the aspects related to identity in Peru. The fourth

chapter is based on the analysis of Arguedas’s "El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo",

especially in terms of what I conceive as the ‘decolonial turn’ that the Peruvian author

develops in his works. Last, the fifth chapter includes some conclusion of this project, as

well as various aspects that could be used for further studies on Arguedas’s work and

decolonial theory.