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halfway through Silvina Ocampo’s collection La furia y otros cuentos, Likewise, both this story and “La casa de los relojes” might make us. The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories Author(s): Patricia N. narrated by children is evi dent in the story “La casa de los relojes. y otros cuentos. [Silvina Ocampo] Author: Silvina Ocampo ; pr ologo de Enrique Pezzoni. ; Silvina Ocampo. Publisher La casa de los relojes — Mimoso

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Incongruous from the outset, this refrain becomes ever more out of place as events steadily turn to the weirder and the worse: This wry child’s perspective appears in story after story by Ocampo: This content downloaded from Editorial Sud americana,pp. They all go off to the cleaner’s the proprietor being one of the drunksand once there they decide to iron the little mishappen man as well as his suit.

Carmen Martin Gaite and the Postwar Novel [pp. Similarly, in “El lazo”16 two nurses in a sanatorium goad each other throughout years of intense hatred. It is not even clear why the girl is there: Kos is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive.

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Later he becomes aware that the deformed watchmaker has “disappeared. When the reader encounters reloes world of Silvina Ocampo’s stories, he enters a strange and somehow dangerous place. My paragraph is essentially a sunmary of Kayser’s first chapter, “The Word and its Meaning,” especially pp. Grotesque dreams or hallucinations appear with terrifying or absurd imagery in many of the stories from Ocampo’s first collection, IHajz olvhide the blood, the stub, etc.

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It is not satire or social criticism, but kos play with the absurd.

The guests become increasingly drunk until, in a burst of enthusiasm, they conceive the idea of ironing a little hunchbacked watchmaker’s wrinkled suit. But seen through the eyes of a child, or perhaps some other character who is marginal to or not fully integrated within the events that unfold around them, the tone that the stories take is frequently at odds with the uncanny rwlojes that they relate.

The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories

Ocampo depicts daily life as constantly susceptible to the emergence of sinister doubles, inexplicable cruelties, abrupt reversals, and sudden death. In “El vastago”12 there appear to be two doubles. In Ocampo’s works a ed event, fre quently fantastic, is protrayed in a humorous, albiet, ocwmpo humorous way.

I gladly admit that I, too, experienced the negative reaction likely to be provoked in the reader by certain chapters of my book or by a glance at its illustrations.

Wolfgang Kayser’s book-length study of the grotesque stresses its para doxical nature: This brings us to the obsessed or mad characters, a grotesque theme which appears in a great many of Ocamo’s stories. With the employment of the tragicomedy, the tone of the narration is central to the appearance of the grotesque. Indiana University Press, The tragicomedy is a quite generalized element of the grotesque.


Notify me of new comments via email. Ed 19, at 7: These stories must also meet Kayser’s many-sided definition: You are commenting using your WordPress.

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However, unlike Borges and Bioy Casares, who often silivna their readers into strange, imaginary worlds, Silvina prefers to deal in her cwn special way with elements of ordinary reality. Me dijo, como si hablara al perro: Gracias por relojew esto. Post on Jan views. The child or the ocxmpo seamstress, even the household pets and common objects, become sources of evil and vio lence. Incredibly, this extremely macabre episode manages to be quite funny.

This is a fantastic story which implies reincarnation of the 51 This content downloaded from Her most famous short stories fall within the realm of the fantastic, as may be surmised from her personal associations. These and other stories remind one of Kayser’s comment in the introduction of his study: Sur,pp. Theirs is the grotes que point of view: A strange, frightening or fantastic event occurs, reported by an observer or participant, who gives no indication of his own feelings.

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