The Failures of Consuelo’s Designs: Carlos Fuentes and Trompe l’Oeil Modernity
Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos
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.
Carlos Fuentes, Baroque, Gothic, antitheatricality, literary autonomy
Stephen M. Buttes (2017).
The Failures of Consuelo’s Designs: Carlos Fuentes and Trompe l’Oeil Modernity. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.41 (2), 437-464.