Title

The Failures of Consuelo’s Designs: Carlos Fuentes and Trompe l’Oeil Modernity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Source

Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos

Volume

41

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

437-464

ISBN/ISSN

0384-8167

Abstract

The present study examines the tensions between Baroque and Gothic elements in Carlos Fuentes’ Aura (1962). Analyzing unstudied connections between La región más transparente (1958) and Aura, the essay argues that Fuentes radicalizes the theatricality of Baroque and Gothic forms in his novel in order to signal their limits. With his use of the second person singular to narrate the novel, he seeks to develop a new concept of modernity, one that would not be subordinated to already existing political models. This concept of literary form parallels the pastoral conception of antitheatrical art studied by Michael Fried.

Keywords

Carlos Fuentes, Baroque, Gothic, antitheatricality, literary autonomy

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