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Mizoguchi's Ugetsu and Fuentes' Aura

Intertextuality and Political Allegory


A talk by Prof. Steven Walker (Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, New Jersey)

While composing his soon-to-be classic novella Aura in 1962, the Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes saw Kenji Mizoguchi's already-classic film Ugetsu (1953) in a Paris cinema, and later was to acknowledge it as one of his chief inspirations. While the liberal political allegory in Ugetsu is hard to miss, in Fuentes' Aura there is both a half-hidden allegory and a deeply cryptic Ovidian mythological subtext that supports and strengthens the allegory. A comparison of the two texts reveals the significant contrast between blatant and cryptic allegorical procedures as means of conveying a political message in two texts intertextually related.

Zeit: Donnerstag, 11.6.2015, 18:00–20:00 Uhr
Ort: Oettingenstr. 67, Raum 169

Die Vorträge von Janet und Steven Walker finden statt in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, LMU München.

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