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Connotas. Revista de crítica y teoría literarias

versión On-line ISSN 2448-6019versión impresa ISSN 1870-6630


SUAREZ NORIEGA, José Manuel. The Neo-Fantastic and The Abject in Falsa liebre (False Hare) and Temporada de huracanes (Hurricane Season) by Fernanda Melchor. Connotas. Rev. crit. teór. lit. [online]. 2020, n.21, pp.85-121.  Epub 15-Feb-2021. ISSN 2448-6019.

The purpose of this essay is to address some aspects of the abject as a literary vehicle to overcome repulsion and rejection towards the abject. Also, this form of aesthetics may bring about critical thinking about human nature. To this end, some theoretical approaches will be used in approaching two Mexican novels, Falsa liebre (False Hare) and Temporada de huracanes (Hurricane Season), by contemporary Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor. What these novels have in common is the defeatist and fragmented characterization of their characters; the neo-fantastic nature of their stories through the recurrent references to the supernatural, and the inclusion of abjection as content and form. Finally, the combination of these elements gives a lyrical sense to what, traditionally, could be considered as grotesque and transgressive. This lyrical sense goes beyond stylistics: it is the bridge that leads to moral reflection on the complex, unfinished, and ambivalent human condition.

Palabras llave : abjection; neo-fantastic; contemporary Mexican literature; human condition.

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