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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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Juan sin tierra

Juan sin tierra

(p.121) Chapter Four Juan sin tierra
Juan Goytisolo and the Poetics of Contagion
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This chapter examines the radical aesthetics in Juan Goytisolo's novel Juan sin tierra. It considers Goytisolo's use of the excretive process as the central motif of this novel and suggests that the self–referential nature of the text is a textual analogue of the practice of the zanja común or the overturning of an excessively neurotic culture that seeks continually to disguise its signs. This chapter also contends that this novel can be considered an intriguing reflection of the artist's dilemma and the paradoxical status of literature and argues that it failed to meet the radical standards it sets for itself.

Keywords:   Juan sin tierra, excretive process, self–referential nature, zanja común, status of literature, neurotic culture

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