Abstract

Abstract:

Julio Cortázar's short story "Axolotl" is a literary analysis of fascination. Situating the story in the history of fascination, the article highlights how it repeats well-known themes from this history. Cortázar's short story also shows how authors have been able to use fascination as a productive force. I argue that Cortázar's fascination is intimately connected to temporality, especially the time structure associated with reminders. As such, the fascinating story of a man's obsession with an axolotl suggests that fascination became a major aspect of cultural reproduction and reconfiguration during the 20th century.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1936-9247
Print ISSN
1565-3668
Pages
pp. 49-63
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-18
Open Access
No
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