Onetti and Others

Comparative Essays on a Major Figure in Latin American Literature

Edited by Gustavo San Roman

Subjects: Comparative Literature
Series: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Paperback : 9780791442364, 191 pages, June 1999
Hardcover : 9780791442357, 191 pages, July 1999

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Notes on Contributors

Bibliographical Note


1. Onetti and the 1940s
Donald L. Shaw

2. La tierra mas transparente or La region de nadie: Onetti and Fuentes
Steven Boldy

3. Onetti and Donoso: Heroes and Whores in Juntacadaveres and El lugar sin limites
Philip Swanson

4. Otherwise, or Reading Onetti with Borges
Mark I. Millington

5. "But my writing has nothing to do with Arlt's": Trace and Silence of Arlt in Onetti
Paul Jordan

6. The Thin and the Fat: Onetti and Felisberto Hernandez
Gustavo San Roman

7. Between Man and Woman: Onetti and Armonia Somers
Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams

8. "The cadaver raised its head and tried to smile": The Prostitute in Onetti's Juntacadaveres and Luisa Valenzuela's Hay que sonreir
Linda Craig

9. Masculine Impostures and Feminine Ripostes: Onetti and Clarice Lispector
Hilary Owen

10. Conrad and Onetti: The Two Steins
Peter Turton

11. "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind": Onetti and Ecclesiastes
Sabine Giersberg

12. Translating Onetti for Anglo-Saxon Others
Peter Bush


Explores the connections between Onetti, a foundational figure of the 1960s "Boom" in Latin American literature, and other relevant writers and texts from Latin America and beyond.


International scholars explore the connections between Juan Carlos Onetti, one of the foundational figures of the 1960s "Boom" in Latin American literature, and other relevant writers and texts from Latin America and beyond. The essays reflect a range of perspectives, including influence, intertextuality, and gender studies (representation, feminism, masculinity), and focus on topics as diverse as urban settings, prostitution, male fights, and fat and thin characters. This interplay results in a complex and refined picture of an author who from the beginning of the present decade has attracted much attention from academics, the media, and translators.

[Contributors include Steven Boldy, Peter Bush, Linda Craig, Sabine Giersberg, Paul Jordan, Mark I. Millington, María Rosa Olivera-Williams, Hilary Owen, Gustavo San Román, Donald L. Shaw, Philip Swanson, and Peter Turton.]

Gustavo San Roman is Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Spanish at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Amor y nacion. Ensayos sobre literatura uruguaya.


"The richly nuanced feminine readings will allow readers to grasp the sense of what Hélene Cixous once referred to as 'phallic monosexuality,' a concept most appropriate in describing the work of Onetti. But without a doubt, the best feature of this book is what each and every contributor sought to highlight: the intertextual links between Onetti and other authors. Because the approach of this book is comparative, it opens doors to readers from many disciplines." — René Prieto, Southern Methodist University