'El cazador-cazador' As Green Hunter and Renovator of Poetics in the Work of Miguel Delibes

Title: 'El cazador-cazador' As Green Hunter and Renovator of Poetics in the Work of Miguel Delibes
Authors: Squires, Jeremy S.‏
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6637
Date: Feb-2014
Abstract: The novelist Miguel Delibes (1920-2010) was both a passionate small-game hunter, who wrote several books on the subject during his lifetime, and a staunch ecologist. This article gives an analysis which reconciles hunting and biocentrism in his work and further probes the relation between the author's hunting books and his fiction. Beginning with a review of the history and culture of hunting in Spain, it emerges that Delibes applies an extremely strict definition to real hunting (la caza-caza), which he regards as a form of low-impact subsistence or self-provisioning and therefore ethically superior to stock farming. Additionally, the hunter identifies with animality and thereby overcomes the modern sense of apartness from nature. The article notes the stylistic affinities between Delibes' hunting books and his novels, beginning with Diario de un cazador (1955) - particularly their non-standard literary representations of nature - and suggests that the author renovated his fiction from the 1950s onwards by redeploying techniques he had first developed in the hunting books. Unconventional literary techniques figure prominently in this crossover.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2014 Bulletin of Spanish Studies
Keywords: Hunting;Biocentrism;Diarion de un cazador;Nature;Miguel Delibes
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2014.886459
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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