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From Theseus to Daedalus: Saramago, Sr. José and the reader in the labyrinth of todos os nomes

Atkin, Rhian 2007. From Theseus to Daedalus: Saramago, Sr. José and the reader in the labyrinth of todos os nomes. Portuguese Studies 23 (2) , pp. 191-207.

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Abstract

Taking as an interpretive model the classical concept of the labyrinth, this article analyses the relationship between plot and narrative technique in José Saramago's novel Todos os Nomes (1997). Based on a close reading of the novel, which describes the protagonist's attempt to find an 'unknown woman', the article examines the author's (or narrator's) narrative strategies. These include misleading statements by the narrator, mixing 'real' events with anticipated, speculative, and purely imagined occurrences, thereby compelling the reader to constantly reread and reconsider what has been said in an attempt to understand the text. In this way, it is argued, Saramago offers a unity of form and content that forces the reader to participate in the construction of meaning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
ISSN: 0267–5315
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:33
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61925

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