New Readings of Silvina Ocampo

September 2016
7 black and white illustrations
257 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
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New Readings of Silvina Ocampo

Beyond Fantasy

Edited by Patricia N. Klingenberg, Fernanda Zullo-Ruiz

Argues for Ocampo's multifaceted development of ambiguity in various media and genres on the levels of language, plot and gender.
The critical essays in this volume are dedicated to the works of Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993) and introduce readers more fully to a figure who has long been a kind of insider's secret among intellectuals of her country. As the title suggests, the purpose of the volume is to move beyond the codification of Ocampo's use of the supernatural, an early oversimplification of her work. The essays address the quirkiness, cruelty, violence, and overt sexuality of her works, elements which have impeded a full understanding of her creative vision. Here it becomes clear that Silvina Ocampo was a co-contributor to the literary enterprise of the Sur generation, which produced Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Victoria Ocampo, and had a profound influence on writers of the younger generation, such as Alejandra Pizarnik, Sylvia Molloy, Marjorie Agosín and others.

Patricia N. Klingenberg is Professor of Latin American literature at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Fernanda Zullo-Ruiz is Associate Professor of Spanish at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Silvina Ocampo - Patricia N. Klingenberg
Silvina Ocampo for the Twenty-First Century: A Review of Recent Criticism - Patricia N. Klingenberg
Rereading Autobiografía de Irene: Writing and Its Double in the Narrative of Silvina Ocampo - Andrea Ostrov
Sur in the 1960s: Toward a New Critical Sensibility - Judith Podlubne
Reading Cruelty in Silvina Ocampo's Short Fiction: Theme, Style, and Narrative Resistance - Ashley Hope Perez
Eros and Its Archetypes in Silvina Ocampo's Later Stories - Giulia Poggi
In Memory of Silvina Ocampo - Noemi Ulla
Classical Reference in Silvina Ocampo's Poetry - Fiona J. Mackintosh
Silvina Ocampo and Translation - Maria Julia Rossi
The Gender-Bending Mother of "Santa Teodora" - Fernanda Zullo-Ruiz
Illicit Domains: Homage to Silvina Ocampo in Alejandra Pizarnik's Works - Daniel Balderston
Afterword: A Personal Reflection - Marjorie Agosin


The first book in English to provide a comprehensive examination of the literary works of Argentine writer Silvina Ocampo . The essays explore Ocampo from a comparative feminist perspective and consider autobiographical references, the influence of classical mythology, Ocampo's constant association of language with duplicity and death, her incorporation of classic fairy tales and folk motifs, and her place within her literary generation . Recommended. CHOICE

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