“La imagen es la forma lírica del ansia de ser siempre más”: Cortázar y la imagen como forma de expresión
Critica Vol. XV/2014/1-2, pp. 240-248
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of various theories related to Cortázar’s ideas about
the metaphor. I look into Plato, Herder, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jakobson, Gadamer,
Ricoeur, Derrida, and deMan to explore and demonstrate the way in which Cortázar
revaluated and reworked the meaning of visual images to create his distinctive poetics.
Postmodern literature, like Cortazar’s, questions the referentiality of language
and shows that it is only visual images that determine meaning. In the work of
Cortázar there is always a hidden story that informs us about a different reality. A reality
that is form by the logic of metaphorical structures.