Who is the model reader of Delibes's 'Cinco horas con Mario'?

Authors
Citation
A. Davies, Who is the model reader of Delibes's 'Cinco horas con Mario'?, MOD LANG R, 94, 1999, pp. 1000-1008
Citations number
14
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
94
Year of publication
1999
Part
4
Pages
1000 - 1008
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(199910)94:<1000:WITMRO>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
The article takes up Umberto Eco's concept of the model reader to argue tha t Carmen, the central character of Miguel Delibes' Cinco horas con Mario, r eveals the ideological nature of reading and of literature. Previous argume nts are reviewed concerning Carmen's subordinate position as a woman in Fra nco's Spain. The discussion proceeds to consider how Mario uses literature and intellectual discourse to marginalize Carmen. The article concludes by studying Carmen's use of reading to subvert such marginalization: her subve rsive reading exposes the exclusive nature of literary discourse.