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Personajes húngaros en la obra de Cortázar
Hungarian character in the works of Cortázar

Author(s): Ilinca Ilian Ţăranu
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: the ontological status of fictional characters; Julio Cortázar; Hungary; the theme of the Double; cultural representation

Summary/Abstract: The allusions to the Hungarian space that exist in the works of Julio Cortázar extensively outweigh the references to other geographic and ethnic spaces, besides the Argentine and the French ones. Far from considering that the Hungary mentioned in this body of work is in a mimetic relationship with the eponymous actual country, we claim that in the universe built by Julio Cortázar there is a fictional country called Hungary, whose characteristics are coherently organized around the theme of the double. In this paper, we explore three characters labelled as “Hungarian”: the double of Alina Reyes in Lejana, Ossip Gregorovius in Rayuela (Hopscotch), the countess Bathory in 62. Modelo para armar (62. A Model Kit). We demonstrate that all of them, besides possessing this attribute as an extra nuclear property, are part of an original literary reflection on the theme of the double. This reflection, which permeates all the works of Cortázar, evolves over time and the three analyzed figures reflect various aspects of the theme: the emergence of the romantic tradition in the case of Lejana, the connection to the cultural representation of Latin America in relation to Europe in the case of Rayuela (Hopscotch), the connection to the tension between a literary myth such as the vampire and its revival in 62. Modelo para armar (62. A Model Kit).

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 71-86
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Spanish