Mujeres dormidas en la literaturaEstudio tematológico

Supervised by:
  1. Maria Isabel López Martínez Director

Defence university: Universidad de Extremadura

Fecha de defensa: 22 June 2018

  1. Antonio Garrido Domínguez Chair
  2. Alfonso Corbacho Sánchez Secretary
  3. Ascensión Rivas Hernández Committee member

Type: Thesis

Teseo: 558955 DIALNET


In Thematology, “scene” is defined as a system of motifs. A scene occupies a spatial unit, transpires over a determined period of time, and can be divided into interconnected thematic elements like a system. In order to demonstrate the practical utility of this definition, the scene of a woman being contemplated by a man is analyzed. The thesis shows that the selected texts share a common structure surrounding both of the characters at the center of the scene. The central element of the scene, otherness, is structured around the woman and consists in making her into an entirely different being than her awake form; the lover remains outside her world. The description of the woman and her dream state are the motifs related to her. The Syndrome of Tantalus emerges around the contemplator as well as anguish as a result of rising uncertainty. This happens when he realizes that while he accompanies her while she rests, he is alone. The linguistic signature is the use of the imperative. The relationship between the basic elements is reinforced by rhetorical signatures that support each other. One of the most notable conclusions is that the woman is an absent character that entirely shapes the environment. This happens in such a way that all the elements in the scene lend themselves to her continued rest. The text corpus used in this thesis includes lyric poetry and narratives from various languages and eras, from Ancient times to current day.