The illumination of Macabea: the Failure of the Narrator in "La hora de la estrella" by Clarice Lispector

Kevin Andrés Pérez Méndez


This essay analyzes the problems in Clarice Lispector's narrative, specifically in her novel The Hour of the Star (1977), concerning the ways of writing fiction and the organization of the narrative instances in a story. The author aims to show how The Hour of the Star articulates mechanisms that disrupt the traditional norm of constructing a story, showing, in this case, the limits that the narrative voice suffers in its duty to ideate and expound what constitutes the plot of the novel, as well as the emergence of what can be termed as an alternative voice of enunciation, this within a metafictional dynamic. The essay, therefore, also investigates the presence and disposal of certain obstacles that, like threats, throw into crisis the narrative authority and destroy the stablishment among those who subordinate and those who are subordinated within the text.


Clarice Lispector, metafiction, narrator, novel, writing


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