Improper Exiles and Profane Pilgrimage: Juan José Saer and Witold Gombrowicz

Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana

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Title Improper Exiles and Profane Pilgrimage: Juan José Saer and Witold Gombrowicz
Exilios impropios y peregrinación profana: Juan José Saer y Witold Gombrowicz
 
Creator Maranguello, Carolina
 
Subject argentine literatura; literary criticism, cultural studies.
Juan José Saer, Witold Gombrowicz; exile; nation; national landscape
Literatura argentina; estudios culturales; crítica literaria
Juan José Saer; Witold Gombrowicz; exilio; nación; paisaje nacional
 
Description After having moved to France in 1968 and having written a large part of his work abroad, Juan José Saer begins to periodically return to Argentina from the eighties, and writes a series of texts on the subject of return and of exile in which he alludes to the figure of Witold Gombrowicz. In this work we will investigate the links, correspondences and differences between the two writers. As we will see, Saer places Gombrowicz in two series of travelers and intellectuals. On the one hand, an anachronistic and timeless series that connects him with travelers from dissimilar times and which highlights his unique perception of the national landscape; on the other, a historical series that returns the Polish writer to the literary rivalries of his time (Borges, Caillois and the Sur group). Each of these inscriptions opens a suggestive contemporaneity between the poetics and the improper exiles of Saer and Gombrowicz. The latter's “outside perspective” will allow Saer to radicalize an exiled and eccentric writer figure capable of resisting both the “infallible” values of Europe and the duties of national identification; and also configure disruptive ways of perceiving the zona’s landscape on his returns to the country.
Después de haberse mudado a Francia en 1968 y de haber escrito gran parte de su obra en el extranjero, Juan José Saer comienza a regresar periódicamente a la Argentina a partir de los ochenta, y escribe a propósito del regreso y del exilio una serie de textos en los que alude a la figura de Witold Gombrowicz. En este trabajo se indagarán los vínculos, correspondencias y divergencias entre ambos. Como se verá, Saer ubica a Gombrowicz en dos series de viajeros e intelectuales. Por un lado, una serie anacrónica e intemporal que lo relaciona con viajeros de épocas disímiles y en la cual se destaca su singular percepción del paisaje nacional; por el otro, una serie histórica que devuelve al escritor polaco a las rivalidades literarias de su época (Borges, Caillois y el grupo Sur). Cada una de estas inscripciones abre una sugerente contemporaneidad entre las poéticas y los exilios impropios de Saer y Gombrowicz. La “perspectiva exterior” de este último le permitirá a Saer radicalizar una figura de escritor exiliado y excéntrico capaz de resistir tanto los “infalibles” valores de Europa como los deberes de identificación nacional; y configurar además formas disruptivas de percibir el paisaje de la zona en sus regresos al país.  
 
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
 
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Date 2020-08-07
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://catedraltomada.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/catedraltomada/article/view/393
10.5195/ct/2020.393
 
Source Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana; Vol 8, No 14 (2020): Miscellaneous; 88-119
Catedral Tomada. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana; Vol 8, No 14 (2020): Miscellaneous; 88-119
2169-0847
 
Language spa
 
Relation http://catedraltomada.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/catedraltomada/article/view/393/416
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Carolina Maranguello
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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