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Title: Savage impossibility : the paradox of rebellion in the novels of Juan Goytisolo (1966-1988)
Author: Jermyn, T.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1998
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This study proposes a non-chronological reading of the six novels written by Juan Goytisolo between 1966 and 1988 in the light of the French thinker Georges Bataille and others related to his theory of a 'general economy' of excess. My approach to these novels focuses primarily on the theme of rebellion and the paradox inherent in the quest for liberation embarked upon by each. Reading this paradox in relation to the basic Bataillian premise that transgression does not destroy the limit but completes and reinforces it, I have structured my study around the various categories Bataille formulates in his treatment of the modes of human spending which 'transcend without suppressing' the limitations of the regional economy of project and goal, accumulation and production. Thus in chapter one I examine the category of sovereignty in Reivindicación del Conde don Julián, applying Bataille's reading of the Sadean sovereign and 'la forme ruineuse de l'érotisme' he derives thereof, to the orgy of destruction carried out by the narrator on his native land. Chapter two explores the question of sacrifice in Makbara and how the quest for freedom undertaken by the two dissident protagonists of this novel assumes the form of mutual sacrifices and expenditure without profit outlined by Bataille in such works as La Part maudite and L'Erotisme. Michel Foucault's 'Preface to Transgression', written in homage to Bataille on the occasion of his death, provides the theoretical framework for chapter three's reading of freedom and the limit in Juan sin tierra. Here Foucault's metaphorical use of the spiral to describe the limit's constant displacement of itself in the movement of transgression is employed to take issue with the notion of freedom as a cara/culo reconciliation espoused by the narrator in his assault on his Spanish origins. Chapters four and five offer a psychoanalytic reading of Señas de identidad and Paisajes después de la batalla respectively.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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