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Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy

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NADAL, José María. Semiotic narratorology in Magritte´s paint. Cuad. Fac. Humanid. Cienc. Soc., Univ. Nac. Jujuy [online]. 2001, n.17, pp.341-364. ISSN 1668-8104.

We will deal with whom shows things in Magritte´s pictures, and we will also study whom it is attributed and why things are so in these pictures. There exist some ways in the proposed task that we have wanted to avoid for its questionable heuristic value. One of these is to utilize Magritte as a privileged corpus to illustrate same semantic mechanisms of surrealism; another one, to use him as repertory to describe semiotically some rhetorical figures; another one, considering them good, by undergoing a semiotic treatment, declarations and writing belonging to Magritte himself about his works. However, the most of all the way is the pretension of taxonomizing his works, in any of the pertinent levels, worst inductive "methods", incoherent or essay-like. We have pursued to increase the knowledge about Magritte´s painting as well as his pictorial and visual discourse in itself. First, using two brief visual, examples which are about local customs, and fantasy ridden. Let us see: a) What is predicated, what makes a picture to be in a certain way, b) Who appreciats it the discursive instance which is attributed to the content responsibility of what has been predicated in the picture; and c) who discourse sender is the discursive instance that shows what is predicated in the picture. Later, we will draw a first typology of strange narratological statements, not common in painting, but always present in Magritte, and we will discuss, with this parameters, some of his pictures. Finally, we will obtain the aesthetic conclusions of our analysis of Magritte´s works.

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