Myung Choi is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Peninsular literatures at California State University, San Bernardino. She obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Luso-Brazilian literature, Latin American literature, and short story genre) from Purdue University.2009 0-7734-3844-0
This work examines the presence of the grotesque in fiction, plastic arts, and films, to interpret the postmodern artistic phenomenon. The Reader’s Response Theory is utilized in order to examine the relevance of the grotesque to one of the most important factors of postmodernism: the reader.
The study analyzes the evolution of the grotesque and reveals different levels of grotesque imagery and its possible meanings in the works of three authors: Machado de Assis, Camilo José Cela, and Alejandra Pizarnik.