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Landscape's Revenge

The ecology of failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho

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Landscape's Revenge by Caio Yurgel
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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 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.

Author Biography

Caio Yurgel, Freie Universit t Berlin, Germany / Peking University, China.
Release date Australia
November 15th, 2018
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Pages
340
Imprint
de Gruyter
ISBN-13
9783110617573
Product ID
28249009

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