The Monstered Self: Narratives of Death and Performance in by Eduardo González

By Eduardo González

Viewing tales and novels from an ethnographic point of view, Eduardo González right here explores the connection among delusion, ritual, and demise in writings via Borges, Vargas Llosa, Cortázar, and Roa Bastos. He then weaves this research right into a higher cultural textile composed of the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Joyce, Benjamin, H. G. Wells, Kafka, Poe, and others.
What pursuits González is the signature of authorial selfhood in narrative and function, which he unearths willfully and temptingly disfigured within the works he examines: bad and erotic, subservient and tyrannical, charismatic and repellent. seeking out the non-public picture and plot, González uncovers basic kinds of narrative: one who strips personality of ethical selection; and one other within which characters' offerings deprive them of private autonomy and carry them in ritual bondage to a bunch. therefore The Monstered Self turns into a learn of the clash among person autonomy and the stereotypes of solidarity.
Written in a routinely allusive, elliptical variety, and drawing on psychoanalysis, faith, mythology, and comparative literature, The Monstered Self is in itself a extraordinary functionality, person who will have interaction readers in anthropology, psychology, and cultural heritage in addition to these particularly drawn to Latin American narrative.

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