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Returning to the Text: Juan Marsé's "Un día volvere"

Currie K. Thompson
Anales de la literatura española contemporánea
Vol. 10, No. 1/3 (1985), pp. 81-98
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27741708
Page Count: 18
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Returning to the Text: Juan Marsé's "Un día volvere"
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Abstract

An initial reading of "Un día volvere" may lead many readers to conclude that it is a work of mimetic fiction, one which points to an external reality. Closer inspection reveals, however, that this work is a metafictional collection of closely related but conflicting texts which flaunt their own fallibility and suggest the impossibility of any text's leading to a reality beyond itself. Included in this intertextual network are two important mythical texts which, instead of suggesting (as does myth in more traditional novels) an archetypal core for this fiction, help to build a seemingly endless textual regression. Through this textual regression and through the use of images and mythical motifs suggesting absence and castration, "Un día volveré" reveals an affinity with the thought of neo-Freudian Jacques Lacan and other post-structuralist theoreticians dedicated to exploring the inadequacy of western logocentrism and its traditional metaphysics of presence.

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