Existential Authenticity in Three Novels of Spanish Author Miguel Delibes

Author: Boucher, Teresa
Year:2004
Pages:210
ISBN:0-7734-6477-8
978-0-7734-6477-3
Price:179.95
Reference to Miguel Delibes as a novelist of authenticity has become an unexplored cliché of Delibean criticism. Grounded in a Heideggerian approach to (in)authenticity, this is a philosophical reading of three of his texts: Cinco horas con Mario [Five Hours with Mario], Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris [Lady in Red on a Gray Background], and Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso [Love Letters from a Voluptuous Sexagenarian].

Reviews

“Teresa Boucher's Existential Authenticity in Three Novels of Spanish Author Miguel Delibes is a welcome addition to the already impressive scholarship on Miguel Delibes. As opposed to earlier studies on this important Spanish author that examine dimensions of the social, psychological, and the demythification of Francoist Spain, Boucher's work opens up an entirely new space within which to read some of Delibes's works. Seeking recourse to a Heiddeggarian exploration of authenticity and inauthenticity, Boucher provides a philosophical reading of three of Delibes's novels, Cinco horas de Mario [Five Hours with Mario], 1966, Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris [Lady in Red on a Gray Background] 1991, and Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso [Love Letters from a Voluptuous Sexagenarian], 1983, in which she astutely examines what she calls the "grid of intelligibility," the Foucauldian notion of dispositif, in order to discuss not only the question of human authenticity but also to project Delibes as a novelist of authenticity.” - Yaw Agawu-Kakraba, Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University-Altoona College

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface, Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Existential Inauthenticity: Carmen’s Idle Talk in Cinco horas con Mario
2. Five Hours With a Lady in Red: Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris
3. Eugenio’s Idle Writing in Cartas de amor de un sexagenario voluptuoso
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index