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Author Yurgel, Caio, author

Title Landscape's Revenge : The ecology of failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho / Caio Yurgel
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (264 p.)
Series Latin American Literatures in the World / Literaturas Latinoamericanas en el Mundo ; 2
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 -- References
Summary 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
Notes In English
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Nov 2018)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110617587