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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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(p.159) Chapter Five Makbara
Juan Goytisolo and the Poetics of Contagion
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This chapter examines the aesthetic principles in Juan Goytisolo's novel Makbara. It considers Goytisolo's emphasis on the ‘prosodic’ dimension of the language and analyses the multi–layered narrative situation of the novel and its approach to the concepts of the myth of the Orient and the idea of utopia. This chapter also suggests that Makbara represents an expansion of the theme of individual libidinal gratification beyond the solipsism of the onanistic theme of Juan sin tierra and it establishes the similarities and differences between the writing process and the lived experiences of fantasy and the alternative literary tradition of oral narrative.

Keywords:   Makbara, multi–layered narrative, myth of the Orient, utopia, libidinal gratification, alternative literary tradition, oral narrative

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