The Ironic Apocalypse in the Novels of Leopoldo Marechal

The Ironic Apocalypse in the Novels of Leopoldo Marechal

Norman Cheadle

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Tamesis Books

Overview

Overview

A fresh look at the Argentine novelist Marechal emphasises his subversive approach in his novels to the Peronist politics of his time.
Leopoldo Marechal has become a chosen precursor of many contemporary Argentine writers, cineastes, and intellectuals, and so his novels - universally recognized but rarely studied - demand treatment from a contemporary critical sensibility. This study departs from the line of criticism that reads Marechal as a Christian apologist, arguing instead that Marechal's `metaphysical' novels are really metafictional, ludic exercises informed by ironic scepticism. Adán Buenosayres (1948) inverts the Christian-Platonist narrative of redemption through the Logos; in El Banquete de Severo Arcángelo (1965) Marechal, tongue firmly in cheek, leads his readers on a metaphysical wild-goose chase; and in Megafón, o la guerra (1970) he finally lays apocalypticism to rest. The close readings of his novels presented in this book help to lay the theoretical groundwork underpinning Marechal's reinscription in contemporary Argentine culture.

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May 2000
180 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855660700
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BIC GTB
BISAC LIT004100
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Author Bio

NORMAN CHEADLE teaches in the Department of Modern Languages, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.

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