Orphanhood as Genesis in Miguel Delibes’s La sombra del ciprés es alargada

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Title: Orphanhood as Genesis in Miguel Delibes’s La sombra del ciprés es alargada
Authors: Squires, Jeremy S.‏
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6538
Date: Jan-2015
Abstract: Miguel Delibes's La sombra del ciprés es alargada (1948) has been read as a Catholic novel (Hart 1990), a demythifying novel (Agawu-Kakraba 1996) and an existentialist novel (Buckley 2012). These interpretations share a common focus on the young protagonist's obsession with death and on the malign influence of the doctrine of non-involvement (desasimiento), as propounded by the protagonist's teacher. However, this article contends that the genesis of the youth's angst is unresolved mourning related to orphanhood. The novel conveys this cryptically by various means: the doubling of the protagonist's identity thanks to his intense friendship with a fellow pupil, biophilic resonances and the self-subversive quality of the first-person narrative technique. Like Carmen Laforet's Nada (1944), Delibes's debut novel may thus be termed a work of inter-generational trauma.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Journal: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume: 92
Issue: 1
Start page: 39
End page: 52
Subject LCSH: Delibes, Miguel--Criticism and interpretation.
DOI: 10.3828/bhs.2015.03
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
metadata.dc.date.available: 2017-01-01T02:00:20Z
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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