halfway through Silvina Ocampo’s collection La furia y otros cuentos, Likewise, both this story and “La casa de los relojes” might make us. The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories Author(s): Patricia N. narrated by children is evi dent in the story “La casa de los relojes. y otros cuentos. [Silvina Ocampo] Author: Silvina Ocampo ; pr ologo de Enrique Pezzoni. ; Silvina Ocampo. Publisher La casa de los relojes — Mimoso

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Many of her tales are humorous, but often the hunor fails to deflect the shocking, uncomfortable quality of the narratives; in fact, the hunorous elements frequently add to the reader’s sense of horror.

The triviali ing aspects of the story occur throughout, but are particularly evident in the last paragraph when the boy’s mother evidences more concern for the ob jects in the house, which were destroyed during the party, thean for the guest who disappeared: In this story, the two brothers are persecuted in the beginning by their tyrannical father; in the end lod are equally persecuted by his tyrannical grandson.

A seamstress reports the adven tures of her employer in “Las vertiduras peligrosas”6 and maids are witnesses in two stories of particularly grotesque characteristics, “Las escalavas de las criadas”7 and “La propiedad,”8 Distant relatives also seem to provide the necessary perspective, as in “Las fotografias”9 and in “El almacen negro.

Menu Skip to content. This guresome discovexy as reported by the young narrator is nevertheless filled with hunorous episodes involving family dynamics and concern for decorim, as in this exchange: The gro tesque is lls estranged world, our world which has been inexplicably trans formed, and which produces in the reader a reaction of awe, horror and of “overwhelming ominousness.


In “El vastago”12 there appear to be two doubles.

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Similarly, in “El lazo”16 two nurses in a sanatorium goad each other throughout years of intense hatred. Email required Address never made public. Guando pregunte a mi madre donde estaba Estanislao, no quiso con tesarme como era debido.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. Editorial Losada,pp. The child or the hunble seamstress, even the household pets and common objects, become sources of evil and vio lence.

Vamos a pregunatarle si es cierto que ha muerto o si es una calumnia. Incredibly, this extremely macabre episode manages to be quite funny. Notify me of new comments via email. Theirs is the grotes que point of view: It is not even clear why the girl is there: Since no source can be named, the grotesque must not, indeed can not, imply a meaning.

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A strange, frightening or fantastic event occurs, reported by an observer or participant, who gives no indication of his own feelings. Editorial Sud americana,pp. My paragraph is essentially a sunmary of Kayser’s first chapter, “The Word and its Meaning,” especially pp. The theme of the double has been present almost from the beginning in Ocampo’s works, and is nearly always associated with the accompanying thane of the shattered or diminished personality, and even with that of madness.

This is a fantastic story which implies reincarnation of the 51 This content downloaded from The grotesque in Ocampo’s work appears frequently by way of the narra tor’s attitude: Though certainly in evidence in “La casa de los relojes,” the hunorous elements of the child narrator are more fully developed in a story like “El siniestro del Ecuador. Wolfgang Kayser’s book-length study of the grotesque stresses its para doxical nature: The tragicomedy is a quite generalized element of the grotesque.


In literary grotesques, the mixture of comedy and tragedy, or the horrible and the ludicrous. Gracias por publicar esto.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Incongruous from the outset, this refrain becomes ever more out of place as events steadily turn to the weirder and the worse: Everything is just a little bit off from the start, and as such the stories reproduce the perspective of those who are already somewhat out of place: On Being a Woman and a Poet [pp.

The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories

Relpjes grotesque themes, as listed by Joyce Wegsll include, in part, dreams and nightmares; the thane of the double or of shattered, diminished personality; madness, obsessed personalities; the mixture of plant, animal and hunan elements; alien plant worlds, such as the jungle; and the mix of animate and inanimate qualities as in machines and automatons.

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Ocampo depicts daily life as constantly susceptible to the emergence of sinister doubles, inexplicable cruelties, abrupt reversals, and sudden death.

For the grotesque can not be portrayed from the vantage of satire, which is superior to what it observes, 49 This content downloaded from This wry child’s perspective appears in story after story by Ocampo: With that in mind, fe us look at Ocampo’s grotesque themes.

Later he becomes aware that the deformed watchmaker has “disappeared.