Potocki: Formalization of Life Paths (Spanish)

15 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010 Last revised: 17 Nov 2011

Date Written: June 19, 2008


This paper examines some of the speculations on the formal representation of biographies and life stories in Jan Potocki's novel "The Saragossa Manuscript" (1804, 1810). Through the geometrician Velázquez, Potocki satirizes the incipient Enlightenment speculations as to the mathematization of human behavior and psychology, even as he contributes to those speculations with original and suggestive conceptions, which anticipate some elements of later formalist narratologies.

En este artículo examino algunas especulaciones sobre la representación formal de biografías e historias vitales, tal como aparecen en el MANUSCRITO ENCONTRADO EN ZARAGOZA, novela-marco de Jan Potocki (1804, 1810). En la persona del geómetra Velázquez, Potocki a la vez satiriza las incipientes especulaciones de la Ilustración sobre una matematización de la psicología y comportamiento humanos, y participa sin embargo de ellas con contribuciones originales y sugerentes, que anticipan algunos elementos de narratologías formalistas posteriores.

Keywords: Potocki, French literature, Polish literature, Narratology, Life stories, Mathematization, Psychology, Enlightenment

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Potocki: Formalization of Life Paths (Spanish) (June 19, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720503 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1720503

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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