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Logos and the Word: The Novel of Language and Linguistic Motivation in Grande Sertao: Veredas and Tres Tristes Tigres Stephanie Merriam

Logos and the Word: The Novel of Language and Linguistic Motivation in Grande Sertao: Veredas and Tres Tristes Tigres

Stephanie Merriam

Published December 31st 1983
ISBN : 9780820400037
Paperback
106 pages
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Readers and critics alike have found the dense - Joyce-like - verbal inventions of these two experimental Latin American novels gratuitous and incomprehensible. This study, however, by articulating the -grammar- of the neologisms, relating them toMoreReaders and critics alike have found the dense - Joyce-like - verbal inventions of these two experimental Latin American novels gratuitous and incomprehensible. This study, however, by articulating the -grammar- of the neologisms, relating them to the thematic, stylistic, and semiotic elements of the text, and exposing their linguistically motivated nature, reveals the textual languages not as a descent into Babel but as attempts to storm a linguistic Eden. The study sets up a comparative framework for both works through a new, formal definition of the Latin American novel of language. The ensuing discussion establishes that whereas the Brazilian author shapes language into a more transparent and -natural- copy of (his vision of) the world, Cabrera Infante invents a pure, non-referential -anti-language- as secret as the Havana nightworld of Tres tristes tigres.