La otredad en el arco y la lira de octavio paz

Translated title of the contribution: Otherness in el arco y la lira by octavio paz

Fredrik Sörstad

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The aim of this article is to carry out a study on the theory of otherness in three essays from the book El arco y la lira by Octavio Paz: “La otra orilla”, “La inspiración” and “Los signos en rotación”. Given that the otherness is a philosophical problem that dates back to ancient times, a theoretical frame was included in order to expose a background, adopt a methodology and formulate a hypothesis regarding the characteristics of Paz’ theory. The hypothesis suggests that a certain affinity can be found with Hegel’s dialectics in that for Paz the search for otherness is a dialectical process between being and non-being, between the self and the non-self (the other), and later on this supposition was confirmed in the analysis. Furthermore, three different and complementary visions on otherness were found in the three essays: In “La otra orilla”, Paz argues that the poetic revelation is similar to the religious one insofar as it entails an act of “plunging into the other”; in “La inspiración”, he adopts a surrealist perspective, according to which the poetic experience implies a “fusion with the other”; and, finally, in “Los signos de rotación”, most similarities with Hegel were disclosed, especially when Paz suggests that the other should be associated with “being as change”, rejecting the traditional idea of “death”.

Translated title of the contributionOtherness in el arco y la lira by octavio paz
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)315-329
Number of pages15
JournalAnales de Literatura Hispanoamericana
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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