Sucedáneos de la interacción humana en la narrativa de Javier Tomeo. Cambios en la (in)comunicación y en las formas de socialización entre El cazador de leones y La mirada de la muñeca hinchable

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Abstract: The present study analyzes whether and how the key motives (loneliness, isolation) of the literary work of the Aragonese writer Javier Tomeo (1932 – 2013) change over the years. As a reference-time we will take, on one hand, the decade of the eighties (time of the late Transición, in which El cazador de leones, 1987, was written) and, on the other hand, the first five years of the 21st century (period when La mirada de la muñeca hinchable, 2003, was created). Our purpose resides in: a) verifying the presence –in the two novels chosen– of the habitual psychological conflicts that threaten the socially atomized “tomean human being”; b) judging how the characters in the two texts develop forms of encounter with the Other that pass to through a “filtered interaction”. We will try to analyze how the nature of the filter changes: it can be represented either by technology (a telephone set in the case of the anti-hero in El cazador de leones), or by living with an inanimate object (a doll, in the case of the protagonist of La mirada de la muñeca hinchable).

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