Poetics of Translocation: The Ever-Changing Journey of Juan Goytisolo

Dr. Javier Torre
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Juan Goytisolo represents, as no other Spanish writer, the evolution of the travel genre during the second half of the XX Century. Travel has always been a central theme and genre in Goytisolo's writings. It started with his travels to the heart of Andalucia in the sixties, which spurred a wave of travel narratives of social denunciation, continued with his exile in northern Africa and is still present in his subsequent international travels as witness to foreign conflicts such as those in the Balkans and Israel.

He has written numerous travel books, has reviewed other travelers, has parodied the travel genre in his novels, and has transformed himself from tourist, to traveler to exile. Physical and literary translocation has been the axis of his personal and literary development. This paper will analyze the evolution of his literary treatment of the topic of travel and translocation.

Keywords: Juan Goytisolo, Travel Writing, Spanish Narrative, XX Century Spain, Tourist, Traveler, Exile
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Javier Torre

Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures Spanish Section, University of Denver

Javier Torre is a native of Santander, Spain. He received his Bachelor's degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Valladolid in Spain; an M.A. in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University; and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia. He is a professor of Iberian Culture and Literature in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver. Professor Torre specializes in XXth-Century Iberian Literature and has published articles on topics such as the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Carlos Marzal, the films of Luis Buñuel, Naturalism and Galdós, Contemporary Spanish Travel books, and XIX-Century Spanish theater in first rate academic journals including 'Revista Hispánica Moderna, Excavatio' and 'España contemporánea'. His current project is the publication of a book dealing with Twentieth Century Spanish Travel Narratives. Some of the travel writers he studies are Luis Mateo Díez, Maruja Torres, Juan Goytisolo, Camilo José Cela, Rosa Regás, Terence Moix, Julio Llamazares, and others. For a better understanding of contemporary travel literature he examines the evolution of the genre in Spain from the generation of 98 through mid-century social realism, and finally, through modern times. Themes like the perception of the other and national and regional identity are central to his analysis.

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