The music of silence: Neobaroque and exile in the narratives of Julio Cortazar
Perez Mukdsi, Andrea
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In The Music of Silence: Neobaroque and Exile in the Narratives of Julio Cortázar , I explore music's omnipresence in Cortázar's fiction. I examine the way he uses music-related cues in his novels and short stories to dismantle our frantic sense of a modernity that recognizes no past and seeks no future. Focusing on turning points in his narratives, I connect the interplay between words and music to the neobaroque understanding of absence and anamorphosis. If it is said that baroque visuality results in an intensification of feeling that invites us to question visual codes, then Cortázar's musical narrative is a spatio-temporal expansion--a transformative sonic experience that counteracts the visual dominance of modern times. As a border thinking project , the musical presence in Cortázar's narrative creates a decolonial response outside of the socio-political sense of urgency--guiding us towards a parallaxed interpretation of identity and exile in Latin America.