“Lo real” y el coro: ¿parodia o juego con una convención?
"Lo real" and the Chorus. A Parody or a Play on Convention?

Author(s): Ewelina Szymoniak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Contemporary Spanish prose; Greek tragedy; chorus; Belén Gopegui

Summary/Abstract: In “Lo real” (2001) by Belén Gopegui, a novel treating of relations between an individual and the capitalist society, a special character is revived, namely the chorus. While confronting the role it plays in the Spanish novel under analysis using the theories of the functions of the chorus as a constitutent of ancient tragedy, we answer the question whether the writer’s act of introducing this collective character to a comtemporary prose work should be treated as a parody or as playing with a commonly known literary convention, aimed to achieve specific objectives. The discussion touches on, for instance, the concept of the chorus as an interlude, a rightful participant in the plot, ethical authority, a literary “extension” of the author, an ideal reader etc.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 81-90
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: French