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Title: Coming into one's own : the novelistic development of Javier Marias (1971-1994)
Author: Grohmann, Alexis F.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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Javier Marias is a major contemporary Spanish and European writer. This thesis is the first full-length study of his work in any language. It is an exploration of his development as a writer as reflected in his seven novels to date. The main focus of the analyses is on the form and stylistic development of the novels. Stylistic aspects which are discussed include imitative writing, sentence structure, and repetition. Major narrative themes such as truth, love, and death are treated as these relate to, and arise from, the novels' form. In order to foreground Marias' novelistic evolution, each novel is discussed chronologically. Chapter 1 examines Marias' first two novels, Los dominios del lobo (1971) and Travesia del horizonte (1972), in the context of his, and his generation's (the novisimos), rejection of Spanishness (lo español). It demonstrates the novels' imitative nature through their indebtedness to foreign influences. Chapter II analyzes the crystallization, in El siglo (1983), of the author's realization of the primacy of manner over matter in his writing through what I identify as the novel's baroque form. Chapter III explores the importance of the creative imagination as reflected in the invention and the narrative of El hombre sentimental (1986). Chapter IV investigates the question of autobiography and fiction in Todas las almas (1989), showing that what is important is not the origin of the material, but rather the imaginative processes of association which enmesh it into the narrative fabric. Chapter V studies the significance of the various types of repetition (for example, words, phrases, and images) and their effects (for example, emphasis, foreshadowing, and structural unification) in Corazón tan blanco(1992). Finally, Chapter VI traces the configuration of a distinct and significant Weltanschauung in Muñana en la batalla piensa en mi (1994), the interconnectedness of the world. This is shown to be the result of a synthesis of elements and stylistic features highlighted in previous works, such as digression, association, repetition, or the creative imagination.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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