, Volume 92, Issue 3, pp 443–455

The poetics of abstraction: Antonio Obregón’s Efectos navales (1931) and the Spanish surrealist novel


DOI: 10.1007/s11061-007-9062-z

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McCulloch, J. Neophilologus (2008) 92: 443. doi:10.1007/s11061-007-9062-z


Spanish narrative fiction of the 1920s and 1930s is still an area which has suffered from critical neglect. Numerous authors of the time who were engaging with avant-garde experimentation produced works which were only read by a minority, and seldom re-edited. Antonio Obregón is one of these authors, who heavily influenced by surrealism wrote two novels Efectos navales (1931) and Hermes en la vía pública (1934), in addition to a collection of poetry. In this article I examine Efectos navales, and attempt to come to a greater understanding of how it fits within the paradigmatic framework of the modernist novel, arguing that it relies on surrealism as a way of breaking with 19th century realism and naturalism.


ModernismSpanish literatureAvant-gardeSurrealismAntonio ObregónExperimental literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland