Title

Houses, Homelessness, Hunger and Hallucinations: Re-thinking Realism in José Donoso’s The Obscene Bird of Night

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

3-20-2012

Conference Name

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference

Conference Location

Brown University, Providence, RI

Abstract

This paper re-examines José Donoso's novel El obsceno pájaro de la noche by relating it to his immediately preceding (and little-studied) novel Este domingo. I argue that Donoso's aesthetic project can be understood by studying the novel from the perspective of shifting conceptions of property relations in 1960s Chile, with a particular emphasis on urban land seizures by the inhabitants of shantytowns.

Keywords

poverty, aesthetics, José Donoso

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Latin American Literature | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature

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