Edited By Edison Neira Palacio and Sophie Dorothee von Werder
Mudejarismo y mitopoiesis en Crónicas sarracinas: El otro como alteridad constituyente
← 10 | 11 →Juan Fernando Taborda Sánchez*
El Otro soy yo; es decir, bajo la escritura borrada,
el palimpsesto nos muestra una imagen impensable: la propia.
(Juan Goytisolo, 1982: 71)
Juan Goytisolo is arguably Spain’s foremost contemporary novelist, he won the Cervantes Prize in 2014, the most important award of the spanish lenguage. This chapter deals with the Goytisolo’s book of essays Crónicas sarracinas, published in 1981. The essays of this book are, according to the our reading proposal, a critique of the discourse of the West about the Arab world. In this essays Goytisolo recognizes a debt to the literary theorist Edward Said and his book Orientalism (1978), in which Western writings on the Orient are shown to be lees a truthful reflection of the reality tan a “representation” through which the West invents its own image of the East with the intention to control it. The essays of Crónica sarracina includes different approaches to the Islamic world and the imaginary European, mainly Spanish, on it.
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