1st Edition

Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortazar

By Domenic Moran Copyright 2000

    The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar (1914-84) was immersed in one of the most vibrant and revolutionary intellectual scenes of the last century, the Paris of the 1950s and 60s. Yet his often highly cerebral work has never received the close philosophical attention it deserves. Moran's book fills this critical lacuna. Rather than indiscriminately applying 'theory' to Cortazar, it aims to show that his work both engages with and often foreshadows many of the problems which were to become central to so-called poststructuralist philosophy and poetics. This study demonstrates that Cortazar remains enduringly, problematically modern.

    Introduction; 1: Rayuela and the Re-righting of Metaphysics; 2: Frames of the Text; 3: Sexual Extremes; 4: The Limits of Science and the Horizons of Man; Conclusion


    Domenic Moran