Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 20:22:04 +0200
- Forum for Modern Language Studies - current issue
Confusa la historia y clara la pena: The Child's Perspective in El Sur and Bene, by Adelaida Garcia Morales
This article considers what the use of a young girl's perspective contributes to Adelaida García Morales's gothic novellas, El Sur and Bene. It explores types of reliability and unreliability associated with a child's eye view, noting how these apply to the presentation of the supernatural and adult sexuality. It goes on to identify a disjunction between how adults, on the one hand, and children, on the other, respond to the culturally entrenched idea that the young should be protected from the evils of the world, observing in conclusion that this can result in a state of exclusion and frightening incomprehension analogous to the position of the adult receiver of a horror story.