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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The theme of the fragmented personality appears in “La vida clandes tine. Some 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.

The Grotesque in Silvina Ocampo’s Short Stories

With that in mind, let us look at Ocampo’s grotesque themes. Sivlina from the outset, this refrain becomes ever more out of place as events steadily turn to casz weirder and the worse: The narrator and his brother act as one character, have the same basically passive personality characteristics, and even fall in love with the same woman.

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.

On Being a Woman and a Poet [pp. They all go off to the cleaner’s the proprietor being one of the drunksand once there they decide to iron the little mishappen man as well as his suit. The reader is confronted with a completely non-judgmental perspective, Kay ser’s “unimpassioned view.


Children are not the only sources of the grotesque perspective, of course. In literary grotesques, the mixture of comedy and tragedy, or the horrible and the ludicrous.

Email required Address never made public. A strange, frightening or fantastic event occurs, reported by an observer or participant, who gives no indication of his own feelings. This wry child’s perspective appears in story after story by Ocampo: In Ocampo’s works a horrifying event, fre quently fantastic, is protrayed in a humorous, albiet, grimly humorous way.

Post on Jan views. This is a fantastic story which implies reincarnation of the 51 This content downloaded from The detachment of many of Qcampo’s stories narrated by children is evi dent in the story “La casa de los relojes. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Finally when one kills the other, the woman dies laughing in triumph, seemingly because she had succeeded in infuriating the other to the ultimate degree. In “El vastago”12 there appear to be two doubles. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The furies, after all, are not entirely wrong. As we exam ine Ocampo’s uses of these themes we must keep in mind that every appearance of such universal ideas does not make every work in which they appear grotes que.

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: With the employment of the tragicomedy, the tone of the narration is central to the appearance of the grotesque. Grotesque dreams or hallucinations appear with terrifying or absurd imagery in many of the stories from Ocampo’s first collection, IHajz olvhide the blood, the stub, etc.


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As they talk, it becomes evident that he actually has died, but is somehow still waiting tables. Editorial Sud americana,pp. 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: The gro tesque is the 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.

But seen through the eyes of a child, or perhaps some other character who is marginal to or not fully integrated within the events that unfold around them, the tone that the stories take is frequently at odds with the uncanny horrors that they relate.

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It is not satire or social criticism, but “a play with the absurd. To their surprise, Isidro Ebers appears as usual.

Wolfgang Kayser’s book-length study of the grotesque stresses its para doxical nature: