Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar

Dominic Moran

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 December 2000  •  276pp

ISBN: 1-900755-20-3 (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ContemporarySpanishFiction


The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar (1914-84) was immersed in one of the most vibrant and revolutionary intellectual scenes of the last century, the Paris of the 1950s and 60s. Yet his often highly cerebral work has never received the close philosophical attention it deserves. Moran's book fills this critical lacuna. Rather than indiscriminately applying 'theory' to Cortázar, it aims to show that his work both engages with and often foreshadows many of the problems which were to become central to so-called poststructuralist philosophy and poetics. This study demonstrates that Cortázar remains enduringly, problematically modern.

Dominic Moran was formerly a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and is now a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He has also published on César Vallejo and Alejo Carpentier.

Reviews:

  • ‘An ambitious attempt to improve the level of sophistication of Cortázar criticism and, at the same time, to nudge the existing consensus about the meaning of Cortázar's work in a specific direction... What is important is not that Moran shows us yet again that Cortázar's fiction emphasizes the ambiguity and mystery surrounding reality and the human psyche. It is that he offers a way to put that ambiguity and mystery into the context of some modern thinking.’ — Donald L. Shaw, Bulletin of Spanish Studies LXXIX, 2002, 670-1

Bibliography entry:

Moran, Dominic, Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar (Cambridge: Legenda, 2000)

First footnote reference: 35 Dominic Moran, Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar (Cambridge: Legenda, 2000), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Moran, p. 47.

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Moran, Dominic. 2000. Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Moran 2000: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Moran 2000: 21.

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