Questions of the Liminal in the Fiction of Julio Cortázar
Legenda: Oxford, 2000
The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar (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 Cortázar, 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 Cortázar remains enduringly, problematically modern.
Dominic Moran was formerly a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and is now a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He has also published on César Vallejo and Alejo Carpentier.