halfway through Silvina Ocampo’s collection La furia y otros cuentos, Likewise, both this story and “La casa de los relojes” might make us. The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories Author(s): Patricia N. narrated by children is evi dent in the story “La casa de los relojes. y otros cuentos. [Silvina Ocampo] Author: Silvina Ocampo ; pr ologo de Enrique Pezzoni. ; Silvina Ocampo. Publisher La casa de los relojes — Mimoso

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One of the most important aspects of Silvina Ocampo’s world, which no critic or reviewer has noted to date, is the grotesque, which employs just such ocampk union of hunor and horror. The tragicomedy is a quite generalized element of the grotesque.

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Best known for her short stories, she is also siilvina prize-winning author of seven volunes of poetry. The reader is confronted with a completely non-judgmental perspective, Kay ser’s “unimpassioned view. Since no source can be named, the grotesque must not, indeed can not, imply a meaning. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Me dijo, como si hablara al perro: However, unlike Borges and Bioy Casares, who often send their readers into strange, imaginary worlds, Silvina prefers to deal in her cwn special way with elements of ordinary cawa.

My paragraph is essentially a sunmary of Kayser’s reloues chapter, “The Word and its Meaning,” especially pp. Finally when one kills the other, the woman dies laughing in triumph, seemingly because she had succeeded in infuriating the other to the ultimate degree.

The grotesque in Ocampo’s work appears frequently by way of the narra tor’s attitude: All this could be read as in part political allegory: Wolfgang Kayser’s book-length study of the grotesque stresses its para doxical nature: Theirs is the grotes que point of view: Notify me of new comments via email.

Editorial Sud americana,pp. More specifically, there also exist grotesque thanes, of which Ocampo makes ample use. On Being a Woman and a Poet [pp.

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With the employment of the tragicomedy, the tone of the narration is central to the appearance of the grotesque. They all go off to the cleaner’s the proprietor being one of the drunksand once there they decide to iron the little mishappen man as well as his suit.


But the entire tale is told in such a matter-of-fact manner, and simply to explain a moment of social awkwardness. For, when hunan tragedy is viewed with indifference or laughter, the cada tesque rears its ugly head. The gro tesque is the estranged world, our world which ocqmpo been inexplicably trans formed, and which produces in the reader a reaction of awe, horror and of “overwhelming ominousness.

Menu Skip to content. The restaurant had collapsed, killing all the waiters, including Isidro Ebers, relkjes favorite, a year before the story takes place, [towever, when the story opens, the restaurant has been rebuiIt and reopened, and the family is trying it out in its new location for the first time.

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The child provides an ideal vantage point from which to project the estranged world. The theme of the fragmented personality appears in “La vida clandes tine.

At the point when the men lay Estanislao, the hunchback, out under the steaming in dustrial iron, the young narrator, who has dipped into plenty of the wine himself, gets sick from the heat and the crush of the people, and leaves.

Her most famous short stories fall within the realm of the fantastic, as may be surmised from her personal associations. The furies, after all, are not entirely wrong.

The narrator and his brother act as one character, have the same basically passive personality characteristics, and even fall in love with the same woman. My prolonged concern with the grotesque must not be taken as a sign of whole hearted enthusiasm for the subject.

In this story, the two brothers are persecuted in the beginning by their tyrannical father; in the end they are equally persecuted by his tyrannical grandson. A strange, frightening or fantastic event occurs, reported by an observer or participant, who gives no indication of his own feelings.

The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories

But seen through the eyes of a child, or perhaps some other character who is marginal to or not fully integrated within the events that unfold around them, the tone that the stories take is frequently at odds with the uncanny horrors that they relate.

But what lessons are being learned when the whole world is apparently out of kilter and yet nobody quite seems to register the disarray?

He goes off in a desperate search for his “real” visual and accoustic images, abandoning the woman he loves. In literary grotesques, the mixture of comedy and tragedy, or the horrible and the ludicrous. Carmen Martin Gaite and the Postwar Novel [pp.


As we exam ine Ocampo’s uses of these themes we must keep in mind that every appearance of such universal ideas does not make every work in which they appear grotes que. Indiana University Press, rlojes Ocampo depicts daily life as constantly susceptible to the emergence of sinister doubles, inexplicable cruelties, abrupt reversals, cssa sudden death.

Incongruous from the outset, this refrain becomes ever more out of place as events steadily turn to the weirder and the worse: Some grotesque themes, as listed by Joyce Wegsll include, in part, dreams and nightmares; the thane of the double or of shattered, diminished personality; madness, obsessed personalities; the mixture of plant, animal and hunan elements; alien plant worlds, such as the jungle; and the mix of animate and inanimate qualities as in machines and automatons.

They, like children, are kept at a distance from adult life in a household, and view events with a dispassionate eye. The guests become increasingly drunk until, in a burst of enthusiasm, they conceive the idea of ironing a little hunchbacked watchmaker’s wrinkled suit. Post on Jan siovina. The triviali ing aspects of casq story occur throughout, but are particularly evident in the last paragraph when the boy’s mother evidences more concern for the ob jects in the house, which were destroyed during the party, thean for the guest who disappeared: She helps out with the fitting, for instance by gathering up some pins that are dropped on the floor, but her main contribution is her repeated silvija Some of its carved, wooden figures, however, were damaged: The detachment of many of Qcampo’s stories narrated by children is evi dent in the story “La casa de los relojes.

This is a fantastic story which implies reincarnation of the 51 This content downloaded from lis These stories must also meet Kayser’s many-sided definition: I gladly admit that I, too, experienced the negative reaction likely to be provoked in the reader by certain chapters of my book or by relones glance at its illustrations.

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