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ALBIN, María C. El fantasma de eros: Aura de Carlos Fuentes. Atenea (Concepc.) [online]. 2006, n.494, pp. 127-142. ISSN 0718-0462.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-04622006000200008.

This work proposes a new reading of the novel Aura by Carlos Fuentes. Such an approach is based upon the medieval conception of the phantasmatic character of love. In the culture of the Middle Ages, the phantasm emerges as the origin and object of love. Therefore, the novelty of the medieval conception of Eros is precisely that it discovers the link that exists between desire and the spectre. In his novel, Fuentes depicts the experience of love as a phantasmatic process through the feminine character of Aura. The unattainable beauty of the young woman, who represents the phantasm of Eros, constitutes the source of her seductive power. As the narration unfolds, three erotic encounters take place between the lovers: the first can be described as the eroticism of the bodies, the second as the eroticism of the sacred, and the last meeting as the epiphany of the unattainable

Palabras clave : Carlos Fuentes; Aura; mexican novel; erotism; phantasm; Eros; gender; spectral criticism.

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