Las trampas de la ambiguedad: la narracion neobarroca en "Casa de campo", de Jose Donoso.




Campirano Sanchez, Manuel

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This thesis analyses the modes of narration in the 1978 novel Casa de campo by Chilean writer José Donoso (1924-96), an overlooked aspect of its neobaroque aesthetic. It surveys some of the most important conceptualizations of the baroque as well as of the neobaroque, utilizing Severo Sarduy‟s theory of the neobaroque in order to examine the text‟s plurality of points of view and narrative modes. Not only does Donoso employ first- and third-person narrations in Casa de campo, the narrative voice seems, simultaneously, omniscient and limited, intrusive and objective, often unreliable, and frequently self-conscious. A wide range of narrative techniques appear in the novel, including free indirect discourse, stream of consciousness, interior monologue, and passages reminiscent of the so-called testimonio. This plurality of points of view and narrative modes constitute Donoso‟s revolt against contemporary literary conventions, and exemplify the diversity of the neobaroque.



Donoso, Jose, 1924-1996, narrative voice, Chilean literature