The Representation of the Political in Selected Writings of Julio Cortázar

The Representation of the Political in Selected Writings of Julio Cortázar

Carolina Orloff

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OIoff shows that Cortázar did not become a political writer as a result of the Cuban Revolution, as is often claimed, but rather that the representation of the political was present in Cortázar's very first writings.
The book analyses the evolution of the representation of distinct political elements throughout Cortázar's writings, mainly with reference to the novels and the so-called collage books, which have so far received only limited critical attention. The author also alludes to some short stories and refers to many of Cortázar's non-literary texts. Through this chosen corpus, the book follows a thematic thread, showing that politics was present in Cortázar's fiction from his very first writings, and not - as he himself tended to claim - only following his conversion to socialism. The study aims to show that contrary to what many critics have argued, this political conversion did not divide the writer into an irreconcilable before and after - the apolitical versus the political -, but rather it simply shifted the emphasis of the representation of the political that already existed in Cortázar's writings.

Carolina Orloff is an independent scholar working on research projects in the UK and in Argentina.

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August 2013
236 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855662629
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BIC DSBH, 1KL, 2AB, 3JJP
BISAC LIT004100
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
The Anti-Peronist Years
Action Versus Inaction
Literature in the Revolution
Converging 'Lenin with Rimbaud'
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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