Rassegna iberistica
42 | 111 | 2019

Rassegna iberistica
42 | 111 | 2019

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Rassegna iberistica | 42 | 111 | 2019

Missing Information in the Fictional Worlds of Benito Pérez Galdós
A Modern and Vital Experiment

Donatella Siviero
Università degli Studi di Messina, Italia
dsiviero@unime.it

DOI 10.30687/Ri/2037-6588/2019/111/002

Submitted 31 Jan 2019
Accepted 01 Apr 2019

Abstract

This paper will examine the use of missing information in some novels by Benito Pérez Galdós: the trilogy El doctor Centeno, Tormento, La de Bringas. Galdós’ plots are built on allusions and withheld information, and revealed by different narrative voices; they require an active participation on the part of the reader, who must put together different blocks of information as though they were tesseras in a mosaic. This missing information leads to subjective textual lacunas, that is, they are deliberately interlocutory and relational, in order to lead the reader to a continual collaboration and to make him/her create logical connections between the text’s different perspectives. The use of this reticence strategy creates an almost metafictional relationship between Galdós’ works and the reader, a bond that is surprisingly modern with respect to the latter’s horizons of expectation.

Keywords
Galdós’ novels. Rhetorical techniques. Textual lacunas. Reticence. Aposiopesis. Paralipsis. | Benito Pérez Galdós. Novelas. Técnicas retóricas. Lagunas textuales. Reticencia.

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Siviero Donatella

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Missing Information in the Fictional Worlds of Benito Pérez Galdós

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Journal Article

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es

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http://doi.org/10.14277/Ri/2037-6588/2019/111/002

dc.description.abstract

This paper will examine the use of missing information in some novels by Benito Pérez Galdós: the trilogy El doctor Centeno, Tormento, La de Bringas. Galdós’ plots are built on allusions and withheld information, and revealed by different narrative voices; they require an active participation on the part of the reader, who must put together different blocks of information as though they were tesseras in a mosaic. This missing information leads to subjective textual lacunas, that is, they are deliberately interlocutory and relational, in order to lead the reader to a continual collaboration and to make him/her create logical connections between the text’s different perspectives. The use of this reticence strategy creates an almost metafictional relationship between Galdós’ works and the reader, a bond that is surprisingly modern with respect to the latter’s horizons of expectation.

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Rassegna iberistica

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Vol. 42 | Num. 111 | Giugno 2019

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-06-21

dc.dateAccepted

2019-01-31

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2019-04-01

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0392-4777

dc.identifier.eissn

2037-6588

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Galdós’ novels

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Rhetorical techniques

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Textual lacunas

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Reticence

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Aposiopesis

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Paralipsis

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| Benito Pérez Galdós

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Novelas

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Técnicas retóricas

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Lagunas textuales

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Reticencia

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