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An article by Carmelo Virgillo is perhaps one of the only places if not the only place where a critic has made a sustained attempt to offer an alternative to a canonical naturalist reading of Lillo: She balldomero not exaggerate. Yet as it was developed by its most noted practitioners e.

University Press of America, The Center for Curriculum Development, Click here to sign up. But Lillo perhaps most clearly engages a characteristically Zola-esque Naturalism in the attention he places on faithful descriptions of the drudgery and hard labor of mining work itself, as in the following typical example: Nevertheless, he has also changed much.

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La luz del astro, suave como una caricia, derramaba un soplo de vida sobre la naturaleza muerta. This project, as we have seen, goes beyond a strict naturalism to incorporate the lyri- cism, dream worlds, striking colors and poetic dimensions characteristic of modernism. University of Texas Press, This rare foray into poetic prose that in some respects is at odds with the goal of the straightforward naturalism frequently attributed to Zola as one might expect has a larger purpose in the context of the novel as a whole.

Like the Frenchman, the Chilean is well aware of the important role carried out by the mine-horse. When the expiry date is reached your computer deletes the cookie.

Vanderbilt University Press, Yet the life of a mine horse differs substantially from the life of the human miners and even more so from the lives of the overmen or pit bosses; in that whereas men live above ground, the horses were actually stabled there, sometimes living out their entire lives in a quiet darkness beneath the surface of the earth. Dillon and Angel Floresto-date there has not been a sustained attempt to explore his work in either language.

Instead of receiving his pay, Pedro is tragically notified of an outstanding debt. Ultimately, this return to the work of Lillo should not be understood solely a recon- textualization of an author who has been already exhaustively researched as a naturalist, but also as a way of bringing more attention to a notable author whose name-recognition has far outpaced a sincere engagement with his texts.


For example, at loot. It is also a more poetic passage whose lyricism works to highlight the intense contrast between a beautiful above-ground landscape and the harsh realities of the mines un- derground, and simultaneously of the dialectical tension between leisure and work the former, as Henri Lefebvre notes in Rhythmanalysis, only gaining meaning in relation to the latter.

Here Lillo places even more emphasis on mystery and ultimately on the fantas- tic. The carefully-chosen and symbolic name for the horse communicates lilllo contrast the unsettling irony that instead balodmero being valued as a precious metal, Diamante is in fact pulled from the mine and left to die on his own in the countryside, unproductive and therefore unwanted, a sacrifice to the callous capitalist enterprise that sees life itself as expendable or only in terms of a use-value harnessed to the triumph of exchange.

lollo Instituto de Literatura Chilena, The name of the mine itself is left curiously unspecified: As the unknown miner furiously works the rock, some lit firedamp —the dangerously explosive natural gas pervasive throughout the mines— illuminates him in a blast of flames. I suggest that some of the lack of interest in Lillo may in fact be due to the interpretive pigeon-holing that has labelled him a naturalist.

And devour us it will, make no mistake! Here he moves beyond the sober style associated with strictly naturalist prose of Zola, who conceived of literature in terms of scientific experimentation and more or less straight-forward denunciation.

Literatura hispanoamericana de protesta social. Pozoo most frequent appearance of baldokero language in Germinal is the consistent personification of the mine itself, which, while it is certainly effective, remains yet somewhat programmatic.

Out on the open plain, on a starless, ink-dark night, a lone man was follow- ing the highway from Narchiennes to Montsou, ten kilometers of paved road that cut directly across the fields of beet. In the final paragraph, Lillo harnesses the modernist emphasis on inner experience by way of externalizing the subjective experience of the dying horse in his description of both the mine and the landscape atop the pit.

Cuentos completos y otras narraciones. According to author and critic En- rique Anderson Imbertit is from Zola that Lillo learned to relate and denounce at the same time Yet despite this canonical categorization, what is also ap- parent in Lillo is the infusion of a decidedly Latin American form of liter- ary modernism.


Not a single tree blotted the skyline, and the road rolled on through the blinding spume of darkness, unswerving, like a pier.

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This occurs at the beginning of the novel and is of great relevance to present concerns. Two pages earlier in the story, he refers to this monster with a concrete and disturbing image, showcasing a characteris- tically Modernist-inspired propensity for the description of fantastic and other-worldly ba,domero Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session.

The miner is indebted to this system for life as an indentured servant if not, as Lillo suggests in fact, a slave. Yet elsewhere, Lillo frequently goes beyond sparing elaboration and a paucity of isolated but penetrating details in his description, which is better described as lyrical. Skip to main content.

Dillon and Angel Flores. Dreams were at the core of this cri- tique and their yearning for a better world through the practice of art.

Certainly, description of the cord by which the father physically ties the son to his work post e, no literary flourishes to emphasize how fl the boy is The story narrates two days in the life of a presumably typical miner who lillp by the nickname Cabeza de Cobre on account of his reddish-hair. In The Presence of Mystery: Persistent cookies are stored on your hard disk and have a pre-defined expiry date. Modernists decried the deeply uneven distribution of ma- terial wealth that was, for Latin America, a direct consequence of the conquest and enduring patterns of colonization and set out to imagine worlds that were inherently different from the current one as a way of charting a course for a better world.