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DEL POZO A SANTA MARIA : ITINERARIO DE JUAN CARLOS ONETTI EN LA BUSUQEDA DEL HOMBRE

by VIVANCOS, TOMAS

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This dissertation analyzes the most significant works of Juan Carlos Onetti that have Santa María as a reference point to delineate the journey of the subject in quest of himself. The selected works are: El pozo, Bienvenido Bob, La vida breve, Juntacadáveres, and El astillero. The analysis is accomplished by using two theories; namely the theory of writing as described by Jacques Derrida in his book De la Grammatology and the theory of space claiming that everything converges in the problem of space. Chapter one provides a survey of the literary panorama of 30’s in Hispano-America—decade before the narrative production of Juan Carlos Onetti—as well as of the influences detected on his work and the posterior ones exerted by his narrative. This review is offered in order to place Onetti’s work as one of the founders of the boom. Chapter two presents the theory framework used to access the literary cosmos of Juan Carlos Onetti marked by writing. Chapter three reads El pozo under deconstructionist point of view. Chapter four is a transitional one; from the writing towards the space. Chapter five is a new incursion in the theory; this time, spatial theory. Chapter five applies the spatial theory to the reading of La vida breve; emphasizing on the creation of Santa María. Chapter six focuses on the symptoms of decay that are perceptible in the portrait of Santa María given in Juntacadáveres, and El astillero as compared to its original model. In the conclusion, the study concludes with the delineation of a journey that goes from the necessity to comprehend to the comprehension of the impossibility of comprehending; i.e., the portray of a human being doomed to wander in a labyrinth too complex to his limited intellect.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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