Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira

Going back and forth between the essays and the fictional narratives written by César Aira (Coronel Pringles, 1949), as well as several game theories, the present article proposes an analysis of the inextricable triad that playing, childhood and creation compose in his work. After highlighting the p...

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Autor principal: Licata, Nicolas
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Publicado: Centro Interdisciplinario de Literatura Hispanoamericana (CILHA) 2022
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spelling I11-R112article-52622022-04-01T11:54:20Z Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira Simple como un juego de niños: La literatura según César Aira Licata, Nicolas César Aira Juego Infancia Autoficción Sociedad César Aira Playing Childhood Autofiction Society Going back and forth between the essays and the fictional narratives written by César Aira (Coronel Pringles, 1949), as well as several game theories, the present article proposes an analysis of the inextricable triad that playing, childhood and creation compose in his work. After highlighting the presence of playing in Aira’s fiction, I examine his vision of literature as a form of playing, more precisely as a form of playing without limits or control, where freedom and improvisation should prevail over the respect of conventions. Through this genuinely ludic vision of literature, the author places his own work in a line of experimentation that, proceeding from the surrealist vanguard, aims at mobilising the powers of imagination in order to break with the rationalism and the hard work, considered as excessive, of the “good” traditional literature. Aira, just like the surrealists before him, sees in the gaze of childhood the ideal reservoir of forces for renewing the artistic perception of the world and, at the same time, for redefining the rules of the literary game. Yendo y viniendo entre los ensayos y la ficción de César Aira (Coronel Pringles, 1949), así como varias teorías del juego, el presente artículo propone un análisis de la indisoluble tríada que forman en su obra el juego, la niñez y la creación. Después de resaltar la presencia del juego en la ficción de Aira, se examina su visión de la literatura como juego, más precisamente como un juego sin límites ni control, donde la libertad y la improvisación deberían prevalecer sobre el respeto de las convenciones. Mediante esta visión genuinamente lúdica de la literatura, el autor sitúa su obra en una línea de experimentaciones que, procedente de la vanguardia surrealista, se propone movilizar los poderes de la imaginación a fin de romper con el racionalismo y el esfuerzo arduo, juzgados como excesivos, de la “buena” literatura tradicional. Aira, como los surrealistas antes de él, ve en la mirada de la infancia el reservorio de fuerzas ideal para renovar la percepción artística del mundo y, así, redefinir las reglas del juego literario. Centro Interdisciplinario de Literatura Hispanoamericana (CILHA) 2022-03-31 info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion application/pdf https://revistas.uncu.edu.ar/ojs3/index.php/cilha/article/view/5262 10.48162/rev.34.045 Cuadernos del CILHA; Núm. 36 (2022): Dosier: La literatura lúdica latinoamericana; 1-40 1852-9615 1515-6125 spa https://revistas.uncu.edu.ar/ojs3/index.php/cilha/article/view/5262/4569 Derechos de autor 2022 Nicolas Licata https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
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topic César Aira
Juego
Infancia
Autoficción
Sociedad
César Aira
Playing
Childhood
Autofiction
Society
spellingShingle César Aira
Juego
Infancia
Autoficción
Sociedad
César Aira
Playing
Childhood
Autofiction
Society
Licata, Nicolas
Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
topic_facet César Aira
Juego
Infancia
Autoficción
Sociedad
César Aira
Playing
Childhood
Autofiction
Society
author Licata, Nicolas
author_facet Licata, Nicolas
author_sort Licata, Nicolas
title Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
title_short Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
title_full Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
title_fullStr Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
title_full_unstemmed Simple as child's play: Literature according to César Aira
title_sort simple as child's play: literature according to césar aira
description Going back and forth between the essays and the fictional narratives written by César Aira (Coronel Pringles, 1949), as well as several game theories, the present article proposes an analysis of the inextricable triad that playing, childhood and creation compose in his work. After highlighting the presence of playing in Aira’s fiction, I examine his vision of literature as a form of playing, more precisely as a form of playing without limits or control, where freedom and improvisation should prevail over the respect of conventions. Through this genuinely ludic vision of literature, the author places his own work in a line of experimentation that, proceeding from the surrealist vanguard, aims at mobilising the powers of imagination in order to break with the rationalism and the hard work, considered as excessive, of the “good” traditional literature. Aira, just like the surrealists before him, sees in the gaze of childhood the ideal reservoir of forces for renewing the artistic perception of the world and, at the same time, for redefining the rules of the literary game.
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