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Research Article

Missing Information in the Fictional Worlds of Benito Pérez Galdós

A Modern and Vital Experiment

Donatella Siviero    Università degli Studi di Messina, Italia    



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.

Language: es

Submitted: Jan. 31, 2019   Accepted: April 1, 2019   Published: June 21, 2019  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Ri/2037-6588/2019/111/002

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