Binary oppositions revisited: Nature and the reconciliation of opposites in Kinnell’s The book of nightmares

  • Elizabeth Quirós García Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Palabras clave: literatura estadounidense, poesía, Jung, Campbell, oposiciones binarias


El poemario El libro de las pesadillas de Galway Kinnell es abundante en imágenes de la naturaleza que facilitan una mejor comprensión de la oposición binaria vida y muerte. Aparentemente contradictorios, ambos conceptos pueden ser difíciles de comprender como elementos de una única
unidad en tanto que, a muchas personas, especialmente educadas en la sociedad occidental, se les enseña a apreciar la vida y desdeñar la muerte. Sin embargo, esta última es clave en esta relación binaria. Para el propósito de este trabajo de investigación se utilizará el enfoque arquetípico jungiano y el aporte de Campbell con referencia al mito. Indiscutiblemente, en este poemario, Kinnell logra revelar la relación ancestral del ser humano con la realidad vida-muerte por medio de las imágenes de la naturaleza. Consecuentemente, el yo lírico utiliza imágenes como la lluvia, las piedras del camino (entre otras) y diferentes tipos de animales para crear un mundo poético con el que los individuos puedan relacionarse. 


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Quirós García, E. (2021). Binary oppositions revisited: Nature and the reconciliation of opposites in Kinnell’s The book of nightmares. Repertorio Americano, (30), 267-291.