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Strings, Branes and Hidden Texts in Obsesivos días circulares (1969) by Gustavo Sainz

Carpenter, Victoria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3880-6555 (2015) Strings, Branes and Hidden Texts in Obsesivos días circulares (1969) by Gustavo Sainz. In: Carpenter, Victoria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3880-6555, (ed.) Interface between Literature and Science: Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Latin American Texts. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 141-158

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Gustavo Sainz’s novel Obsesivos días circulares (1969) is often seen as a ‘dirty secret’ of Mexican counterliterature of the 1960s. Largely overlooked in favour of Sainz’s more easily understandable Gazapo (1965) and left in the shadows of its mainstream contemporaries (Rayuela, La muerte de Artemio Cruz), this novel presents a fascinating case of textual multiplicity. The few analyses agree that the novel is about madness, yet little has been made of the complexity of its delivery and the novelty in the representation of simultaneous texts.

This chapter will examine Obsesivos días circulares from the point of view of quantum physics. The two theories selected for the analysis are string theory and membrane theory. The study will trace several recurring text fragments through the novel to determine whether they are independent texts joined together by a common denominator, or whether they are the same text undergoing multiple mutations as a result of an intertextual influence.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Q Science > QC Physics
School/Department: Academic Development Directorate
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1428

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