El Discurso Postmodernista En La Trilogia Gallega De Camilo Jose Cela

Author: Porrua, Enrique J.
This work is a study of the “Galician Trilogy” written by Camilo José Cela, consisting of his novels Mazurca para dos muertos (1983), La cruz de San Andres (1994), and Madera de boj (1999). In contrast to the treatment given by Cela to Galizia, his homeland, in some of his previous works, these three novels, all written in the last ten years of his life, he focuses on the three different environments (rural, urban and maritime) as well as in the traditional and modern cultural and idiosyncratic patterns that characterize Galizia, a culturally rich, folkloric and legendary province in northwestern Spain.


“Porrua ... wisely does not attempt to argue that Cela’s use of these and numerous other prototypical elements of the Postmodern found in the three novels are exclusive to the Galican trilogy, ... What he does, instead, is to focus first on the thorny question of defining the Postmodern, since theorists differ with regard to issues such as whether it is still in the process of becoming, whether it is an extension of Modernism or a completely separate phenomenon, or whether it is now exhausted and has given way to the Post-Postmodern, as well as what characteristics can be deemed essential to the Postmodern, which are merely incidental, whether any are exclusive, and what these may be. ... Porrua’s study of these three difficult postmodern works, each requiring an informed, active and determined reader, will be of significant help to future scholars of [Camilo José] Cela and especially to students of the Postmodern and of these three novels comprising his oft-cited but little-studied Gallican trilogy.” - Dr. Janet Pérez, Texas Tech University

“Studies of the kind that Porrua undertakes here often turn out to be a mechanical application of theory to the proposed works of study. Enrique Porrua’s work, on the other hand skillfully establishes a balance between the analysis of the works and the theoretical framework he uses. The result is an insightful analysis of what the critical world considers to be [Camilo José] Cela’s most inaccessible works.” - Dr. Peter T. Imoro, University of North Carolina-Pembroke

“In his work, Porrua demonstrates how some of the literary devices used in [Camilo José Cela’s] three novels (such an obscenity, violence, cruelty, jeer and irony, character fragmentation, and the violation of traditional chronology, as well as the pessimistic existentialism) crystallize as symbols of postmodern literature.” - Dr. Manuel Prendes, Universidad de Piura, Perú

Table of Contents

1 Mazurca para dos muertos: un pie en el postmodernismo
2 La cruz de san andrés
3 Madera de boj