41. Fluid Bodies: Gothic Transmutations in Carlos Fuentes' Fiction

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Antonio Alcalá González

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch41

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

González, A. A. (2013) Fluid Bodies: Gothic Transmutations in Carlos Fuentes' Fiction, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch41

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395

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Keywords:

  • Latin American Literature;
  • Mexican literature;
  • Carlos Fuentes;
  • Gothic Spaces;
  • Transgression;
  • Taboo;
  • Monsters;
  • Other;
  • Uncanny

Summary

The Gothic is a style that adapts its conventions to allow writers express their concerns about the impossibility to understand and define the self and the world around. Carlos Fuentes makes use of Gothic conventions to express his anxieties about the identity of Mexico as a country that has neglected to establish a dialogue with its past. This text studies three narratives by Fuentes which have in common the arrival of monsters that transgress limits of time and body, bringing uncanny revelations when faced by the protagonists. The article concludes by asserting that the superiority of these adversaries arises from their having a stronger understanding of the flux of time than the protagonists do.