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Juan Goytisolo and the Poetics of ContagionThe Evolution of a Radical Aesthetic in the Later Novels$
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Stanley Black

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238362

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313387

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Goytisolo and Literary Theory

Goytisolo and Literary Theory

(p.17) Chapter One Goytisolo and Literary Theory
Juan Goytisolo and the Poetics of Contagion
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Juan Goytisolo's general theory of literature, as manifested in his essays, in the context of modern literary theory. It explains that it is in his essays that Goytisolo expressed his political–moral concerns and suggests that while his non–fiction is characterised by constant change and renewal is it not merely dictated to by the latest theoretical fashion. The analysis indicates that the change in Goytisolo's writing and thinking in the early 1960s was the result of a profound re–evaluation of the role of the writer and the nature of art.

Keywords:   theory of literature, political–moral concerns, non–fiction, modern literary theory, nature of art

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