Lo bello, lo enfermo y lo terribleel cuerpo como un texto neobarroco en la narrativa de Silvina Ocampo

  1. Raisa Gorgojo Iglesias
Nuevas perspectivas literarias y culturales (I CIJIELC)
  1. R. Hernández Arias (ed. lit.)
  2. G. Rivera Rodríguez (ed. lit.)
  3. D. Pérez Álvarez (ed. lit.)

Publisher: Universidade de Vigo

ISBN: 978-84-608-6759-3

Year of publication: 2016

Pages: 302-313

Type: Book chapter


This paper will outline a definition of neo-baroque as a discursive tool and analyse from this perspective some of Silvina Ocampo stories that explore the use of bodies as texts. The deconstructivist and unstable paradigm of the twentieth century is called by several authors Neo-baroque, characterised by accepting the new hybridity and nourish itself from it. Although the Neo-baroque is recognised as a tool of subversion against imposed, official discourses, it is striking how some research systematically leaves out female writers. Since the Neo-baroque is a useful tool to contextualize and question the official thruth, identity and gender issues have a place in it (Ndialianis 2008). It is therefore surprising that in anthologies and studies Silvina Ocampo has been excluded, whose fantastic narrative moves in ambiguity and questions univocal identities, fully Neo-baroque features. This work will focus on the bodies that refuse to submit to an invisible external authority, the leitmotif of the analysed stories. These characters do not seek to challenge the established order, but to survive in it. The female body, reified and reduced to a mere symbol will be used as a survival strategy: the beauty and innocence are used as masks, and at the same time, weapons. It is a quiet and constant rebellion seeking to expand the periphery of the acceptable; however, it always ends uo with the death of the character, which is actually a way to prove how the system needs to control anomalies and parallel narratives in order to legitimise itself.