A psychological handicap is perhaps what dogs the life of the narrator of ” Después del almuerzo” (After lunch), another story to be found in Final del juego. Beyond Lacanian limits: Julio Cortazar’s ‘The Other Heaven.’ ” In Latin Morell, Hortensia R. “Para una lectura psicoanali’tica de ‘Despues del almuerzo. Johnny’s metaphysical experience on the metro in Julio Cortázar’s “The in three specific Cortazar stories, namely, “Despues del almuerzo”.

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Janet Perez, and Dr. Rosslyn Smith for their guidance and help with this thesis. Shortly thereafter his family returned to Argentina where Cortazar remained for the duration of his childhood.

Cortazar once described his childhood as “too many choices, an excessive sensitivity, a frequent sadness, asthma, broken arms, first desperate loves” Carter Indeed, it may be said that Cortazar’s lifelong overwhelming emotion towards women might have been one of fear: Cortazar, who was abandoned by his father at the crucial age of five and was raised by his mother and cortazqr aunts in a Buenos Aires suburb, felt, as he has himself implied, a profound uneasiness regarding women, which was reflected in the non-human or mythical representation of the Feminine in his works, as we drl see.

His contact with Keat’s works exerted a magnetic attraction on Cortazar, who found, in this process, a way to exteriorize his inner fears through the poetic representation of Woman under the many faces of the Magna Mater. Hernandez del Castillo 6 Cortazar lived with his mother until he was almost thirty and did not marry until he was nearly forty years old.

In Cortazar married Aurora Bernardez, a union which lasted for twenty years. After their divorce, the two remained friends even throughout his second marriage to Carol Dunlop.

Dunlop preceded Cortazar in death by two jhlio in In his early twenties, Cortazar suspended his university studies to work as a high school teacher, as the family 1. While teaching high school, Cortazar began to write short stories.

Because he lived approximately half his life in Argentina and the other half in France, his cosmopolitan residence is often reflected in his writing.

Many of his novels and short stories are set in Europe, South America or both. Frequently criticized by his Argentinean compatriots for his residence abroad, Cortazar replied: I cannot deny an inclination that perhaps began due to my being born in Belgium and mulio my having spoken French in my early childhood: Simultaneously, I am the most Argentinean of Argentineans.

There is a very French Cortazar, and another, who is cortaxar Argentinean. And they are perfectly separated. Modelo para armar and. The presence of this particular theme in CortAzar’s works suggests a frequent desire for vengeance on the part of women towards men. A negative emotion such as vengeance implies that CortAzar’s characters parallel themselves with the gods as they allow themselves to be ruled by petty vengeance.

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Yet CortAzar’s characters are all too human as they lack any qualities of divinity; indeed, Helene and Dina, the protagonist of “Cuello de gatito negro,” are just two examples of women blinded by intense emotions. As an analysis of women characters, this thesis will attempt to demonstrate that Cortazar’s women cannot be reduced to traditional stereotypes or to mythical archetypes, but rather have strong personalities characterized by individualistic actions and decisions.

Paula Lavalle and Claudia, both characters in Los premios, are examples of such women. A single woman from a rich family with a high society ddspues, Paula becomes the topic of conversation with many passengers aboard the cruise in this novel.

Claudia, who is divorced from a doctor, behaves as an upper-class, middle-aged woman who will live her life as she always wanted to and not allow anyone or anything to get in her way. In Rayuela, La Maga at first appears to cling helplessly to Horacio Oliveira, but after Rocamadour’s death, she disappears and Oliveira desperately begins searching for her. Helene in 62 is by occupation an. Alkuerzo Novels of Julio Cortazar by Stephen Boldy, examines in-depth the four novels which will also be examined in this thesis: Los premios, Rayuela, Modelo para armar, and Libro de Manuel.

Boldy offers a complete analysis of each text whereas other critics include more information on the author’s personality. In his introduction, Boldy states that the purpose of his book is to understand a,muerzo comprehend the four novels in their entirety rather than analyze or highlight certain themes.


Later in the introduction, Boldy mentions the importance of women characters in Cortazar’s works. There is a strict coherence in the search for “presence” between the various levels of the text, and I have endeavored throughout to express this. The presence is embodied principally in certain female characters, of which la Maga in Rayuela is perhaps the prime example, themselves seen, in turn, as the lost or hidden part of the male protagonist; it is an elusive meaning which is fleetingly present in, yet escapes from, language: Boldy The first of four novels written by Cortazar and to be examined in this study is Los premios, published in Even for the first-time reader of Cortazar, this.

Los premios successfully manages a plot too often used by other writers only to reach an ending of cliches and predictable outcomes. A group of people has won the national lottery prize of akmuerzo luxury cruise. The Argentinean lottery, like many Latin American lotteries, is an institution ingrained in the culture which none of the aalmuerzo question.

But as the voyage continues with no stated destination and parts of the ship sealed off, the passengers become uneasy. After a mutiny by a few men, it is discovered that there is a case of typhus on board. The passengers return to Buenos Aires from their misadventures and three of them leave immediately for the cafe where they all met before going on the cruise. The resiliency of these three characters indicates that life does go on, although most of the passengers are content to complain.

In this manner, Cortazar ends the novel on a positive note, which is unusual for a mutiny story. Los premios contains a certain innocence inherent in its writing style which carries over into the women characters with the exception of Paula and Claudia. Claudia’s character alone merits the inclusion of the novel because her ability to detach herself from surrounding.

The first and most simple method of reading is to begin with Dezpues one and read through Chapter fifty-six. Chapter fifty-seven through are the “capitulos prescindibles,” or rather, the expendable chapters. Even though the novel reads like a coherent novel of fifty-six sequential chapters, the “capitulos prescindibles” are not read consecutively through to the end of the novel. Cortazar begins the novel with instructions on how to read the novel in both manners. Because of its intriguing plot, Rayuela was despued made into a movie, bringing further acclaim to Cortazar’s work.

The novel outlines the protagonist’s search for his lover who has disappeared. La Maga, Horacia Oliveira’s confidante, has vanished, leaving Oliveira to chase her across the continents with sketchy clues at best. His quest takes him from Paris, where the novel begins, to Argentina, where Oliveira works in a circus and in an insane asylum. Cortazar takes a giant leap in character development with the enigmatic La Cortqzar in xlmuerzo novel after the characters of his first novel.

The inclusion of the rape theme in this early Cortazar novel also peaks reader interest almuuerzo introduces one of his leitmotifs in an early and dramatic manner. Yet 62 masterfully portrays a gamut of women characters and further develops an interlocking triangle of love relationships introduced in Rayuela. Libro de Manuel, published inis the closest Cortazar came to making a political statement. An avowed socialist, Cortazar believed that implementation of this political theory despuse the answer to Latin America’s social and political problems.

Libro de Manuel, like 62, contains a plethora of women characters such as politically active women like Ludmilla and Gladis, but also shy, active women like Susanna, play a part in the novel. Cortazar’s short despuez often offer dell concise views of characters as demanded by the intensity and compactness of the genre. Bestiario, published inwas Cortazar’s first collection.

Of the eight stories in this collection, four will be examined in detail in this study. Irene’s constant knitting in “Casa tomada” is still a popular pastime with women in Latin America, and her brother’s humorous remarks about the futility of this habit make it an interesting feature to observe throughout the story. Indeed, Irene’s dragging a thread from the house as the two flee the invading forces keeps the habit in the forefront of the story, figuratively, and provides a thread of continuity.

After the death of Celina, Mauro discovers the difference she had made in his life. Isabel inadvertently causes the death of “el Nene” while at the same time demonstrating the cunning wiles of the adolescent mind.


It is included here because of the rape theme which recurs in this selection and because the victim’s second rape is narrowly avoided at the end of the story.

The remaining two short stories, “Las babas del diablo” and “Cartas de mama” have been eliminated because the former deals primarily with child pornography, specifically in the case of a little boy, and the latter deals with the thoughts of protagonist Luis as he receives letters from his mother.

Todos los fuegos el fuego, Cortazar’s next short story collection, was published in “La salud de los enfermos,” presents an ailing mother whose keen mind manipulates all the other characters as they try to hide her son’s death from her. In Cortazar published three sets of short stories entitled Los relatos, 1.

Ritos; Los relatos, 2. Juegos; and Los relatos, 3. Basically, these collections contain the stories of Bestiario, Final del juego, Las armas secretas and Todos los fuegos el fuego, which have already been introduced.

Additional stories from these collections to be examined include ”Lugar llamado Kindberg” is ujlio story of female protagonist Lina, an off-beat 60s style hippie, free-spirited hitchhiker. She is given a ride to a hostel in Kindberg by a middle-aged man named Marcelo where their erotic adventures begin. She takes care of herself first, a trait many of Cortazar’s more assertive women demonstrate. The other short stories in this collection are all from Cortazar’s various collections mentioned earlier.

Pasajes collection is the story of Dina, a female protagonist whose hands uncontrollably attack those around her, highlighting Cortazar’s fascination with hands. Other stories in this third volume previously appeared in Cortazar’s other collections. Alguien gue anda por ahi y otros relatos, Cortazar’s next short story collection published inincludes. Returning to “Cambio de luces,” Luciana, the protagonist, is an extremely complex character.

An admiring fan of radio star Tito Balcarcel, Luciana writes fan letters to Balcarcel using lilac-covered envelopes, fondly reminding him of a liqueur. Luciana encloses her return address in case Balcarcel is interested in replying which he does.

Healing the wounds of a four-year relationship has left Balcarcel lonely and a little intrigued with a fan who is in love with a man who plays villainous characters almost exclusively. He agrees to meet her at a sweet shop in Almagro after receiving only two letters. As in any meeting, the two have preconceived notions about how the other looks. He expects her to look older and wiser and is surprised to find a brunette with happy eyes, while Luciana tells Balcarcel that she fully expected him to have curly hair and be somewhat taller, a detail that proves to be crucial later in the story.

Queremos tanto a Glenda, published inwas Cortazar’s last short story collection.

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The other major works of Cortazar are not included primarily because they deal with male protagonists, Cortazar’s travels and other topics that are not relevant to a study of his women protagonists. The novels and short stories of Cortazar contain many recurrent themes such as rape, female assertiveness, and atypical personalities which are examined in more detail in the following chapters.

These themes are chosen for examination here because rape is examined from a woman’s viewpoint and the breaking of stereotypes for women characters is particularly avant-garde in literature. Successful, published authors have traditionally been men, and it is particularly interesting to examine a male author’s treatment of women characters. Cortazar certainly created a quantity and quality of women characters competitive with. The novel is prefaced with a quote from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot which basically states the importance of having ordinary people in novels Cortazar does emphasize ordinary people in this novel through the upper- middle- and lower-class strata, as well as a search for absolute truth.

The novel begins with the winners of a national Argentine lottery assembling in a restaurant to board the Malcolm on a cruise.

The Argentineans have such faith in the lottery that no one bothers to ask the destination of the cruise.