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Landscape's Revenge : The ecology of failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho

Author: Caio Yurgel
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2019] ©2019
Series: Latin American Literatures in the World / Literaturas Latinoamericanas en el Mundo, 2
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Landscape, as it appears and is described throughout the works of Bernardo Carvalho and Robert Walser, provides an excellent-yet virtually unexplored-pathway to the authors' literary projects. The landscape functions here as a synthetic and unifying figure that triggers, at first, through the analysis of its description per se, the main and most evident elements of the authors' works. However, when sustained as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
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Named Person: Bernardo Carvalho; Robert Walser; Bernardo Carvalho; Robert Walser
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Caio Yurgel
ISBN: 9783110617580 3110617587
OCLC Number: 1076476178
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (264 p.).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Acknowledgement --
Contents --
1. Introduction --
2. Literature review: Landscape's revenge --
3. From the unreal to the apocalypse: The landscape as a function of language and narrative in Walser and Carvalho --
4. The disappearing act: Moving towards the margins --
5. How to do things with fire: The desert as landscape's final revenge and as the culmination of Walser's and Carvalho's literary projects --
6. The desert for conclusion --
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Series Title: Latin American Literatures in the World / Literaturas Latinoamericanas en el Mundo, 2
Responsibility: Caio Yurgel.

Abstract:

Landscape, as it appears and is described throughout the works of Bernardo Carvalho and Robert Walser, provides an excellent-yet virtually unexplored-pathway to the authors' literary projects. The landscape functions here as a synthetic and unifying figure that triggers, at first, through the analysis of its description per se, the main and most evident elements of the authors' works. However, when sustained as a methodological figure beyond the scope of its own description, the landscape soon reveals a darker, far more fascinating and far less explored side of the authors' oeuvres: a vengeful, seemingly defeatist resentment against the status quo, which gives way to the more latent and biting elements of the authors' prose, such as irony, the unheimlich, an anti-heroic agenda, the apocalyptic aesthetics of a disaster-prone fictional world, as well as an understanding of history and literature through the figures of failure and marginality. By drawing from diverse critical traditions from Latin-America and Europe, this comparative text seeks to unravel, in all of its complexity and scope, the fictional stage upon which Walser's and Carvalho's characters narrate, with their dying breath, a world that is slowly undoing itself.

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