Juan Carlos Ubilluz
Georges Bataille and Pierre Klossowski in the Latin American Erotic Novel
Sacred Eroticism: Georges Bataille and Pierre Klossowski in the Latin American Erotic Novel addresses a neglected chapter in the field of Latin American literature: the influence of Georges Bataille and Pierre Klossowski's atheist mysticism in the Latin American erotic novel of the twentieth century. Combining a Lacanian analytical framework with a (inter)textual approach, Juan Carlos Ubilluz reveals how Julio Cortázar, Salvador Elizondo, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Juan García Ponce adopted Bataille and Klossowski's aesthetic and philosophical models as a point of departure to rearticulate the modern subject's buried dimension of the sacred through various innovations on the erotic novel's form. Ubilluz also examines the dialectical irruption of these literary experiments into their particular aesthetic, theoretical, and political contexts; showing, for instance, that Cortázar's Rayuela and Elizondo's Farabeuf reintroduce a Bataillean sense of tragedy into the secularist nouveau roman, that Garía Ponce exemplifies the Barthian death of the Author by "copying" with originality the form and content of Klossowski's novels, and that Vargas Llosa's Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto gives an unbecoming neo-liberal spin to Bataille and Klossowski's anti-capitalist theorization of the sacred.
About the author:
Juan Carlos Ubilluz is Literary Theory at University of San Marcos in Lima.