Meek, Rosaria Mangiavillano
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This dissertation is focused on Juan Rodolfo Wilcock (1919-1978), an Argentine writer who emigrated to Italy and who wrote a prolific and significant amount of literary and critic work, exploring different genres during the `60s and `70s. Wilcock never belonged to any political or any avant-garde movement; however, he was coherently committed to highlight the faults of the Italian society of that time. In his work he was faithful to the teaching of L. Wittgenstein that generated in his language a perfect, almost mathematical coherence. Nevertheless, Wilcock balances this strictness with the unpredictability of short stories and anti-novels where cruel and grotesque monster-like characters live. Back in Argentina, Wilcock became part of a spontaneous group of fiction writers who gathered around Jorge Luis Borges, Silvina Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares, and who were to revolutionize the writing of fiction in the Southern Cone. Combining this background, that left in him a metaphysical approach to literature, with the European knowledge through his vast and endless reading, Wilcock creates a personal version of Fantastico (fantasy fiction); a gallery of fragmented and deformed characters is immersed in an absurd, cruel and non-sense world. In this context, then, Wilcock’s writing becomes a projection of the monstrosity that is innate in the reality. However, Wilcock uses a great amount of irony and sarcasm to lighten the reading.