The Continuing Presence of Browne

Gareth Wood

in Javier Marías's Debt to Translation

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651337
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741180 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

The Continuing Presence of Browne

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This chapter looks once more at the ways in which Browne's work, and specifically the fifth chapter of Hydriotaphia have provided Marías with a literary touchstone and vocabulary to describe loss, memory, and forgetting. This is explored through a detailed close reading of his ghost story ‘Cuando fui mortal’, a story in which intertextual borrowings from Browne appear. Marías's interest in ghost stories is also contextualized in his generation's predilection for literary genres which are traditionally associated with children—comic strips, supernatural fiction, swashbuckling adventure stories. Discussion draws on La infancia recuperada by Marías's contemporary Fernando Savater, in which the latter theorizes and explores this fascination. The chapter looks at borrrowings from Marías's other fiction, including Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí.

Keywords: ‘Cuando fui mortal’; ghost story; Fernando Savater; La infancia recuperada; memory; Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí

Chapter.  14518 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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