Rassegna iberistica | 42 | 111 | 2019
Missing Information in the Fictional Worlds of Benito Pérez Galdós
A Modern and Vital Experiment
Università degli Studi di Messina, Italia
Submitted 31 Jan 2019
Accepted 01 Apr 2019
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.
Galdós’ novels. Rhetorical techniques. Textual lacunas. Reticence. Aposiopesis. Paralipsis. | Benito Pérez Galdós. Novelas. Técnicas retóricas. Lagunas textuales. Reticencia.