Allen Abbott Franklin College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Agueda Mayan Franklin CollegeUsing Julio Cortázar’s short story Las babas del diablo, this presentation will feature the narrator - Michel’s - supposedly supernatural vision of the devil and, in light of this, answer the question: “Was his vision merely a product of feverish imagination or was it a ‘real’ event, external to his perception?” Mary Jackson’s interpretive categories “marvelous” and “uncanny” (described in her book “Fantastic: The Literature of Subversion”) serve as the theoretical framework through which this question will be entertained. Fundamentally, this presentation will argue that neither naïve credulity nor stubborn skepticism are appropriate responses to Michel’s vision. Rather, by casting doubt on the psychological wellbeing of his narrator, distrusting the efficacy of language in transmitting meaning, and discarding the validity of chronological time, Cortázar separates his readers from the events in the narrative thereby making it impossible to answer the question “What in the story is real?” This presentation will be in Spanish.
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
When & Where
Jordan Hall 276