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Mario Vargas Llosa's Theory of the Novel and Its Application in Criticism

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Birger Angvik

Institute of Romance Languages, University of Bergen
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Abstract

Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is one of the contemporary Peruvian and Spanish-American novelists who elaborates a theory of his work and vocation and applies it in practice as a critic of literature. It is the objective of this paper to present a description of some of the main points in his theory and to relate them to other aesthetic theories or movements in literary criticism in order to discern some contrasts and similarities between them. Another important objective is to point out some of the problems which arise when Mario Vargas Llosa puts his theory into practice, not as a novelist, but as a critic of other novelists. Here as well a presentation of his points of view will be accompanied by contrasting commentaries and references to different schools and tendencies in Spanish-American literary criticism and history of literature.
How to Cite: Angvik, B., (1987). Mario Vargas Llosa's Theory of the Novel and Its Application in Criticism. Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 17(1-2), pp.3–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/ibero.345
Published on 01 Jan 1987.
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