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CUVARDIC GARCIA, Dorde. The kaleidoscope in Spanish literature. Káñina [online]. 2018, vol.42, n.1, pp.65-87. ISSN 2215-2636.

The purpose of this article is to carry out an historical overview on the functions that the kaleidoscope, an optical device invented by the Scottish David Brewster in 1817, has acquired in Spanish literature. This term, instead of being integrated into fiction, it is employed, specially by narrators and characters, as a metaphor or analogy -as a hiper-icon of human visual perception functioning as well as imagination (mental images), according to W.J.T. Mitchell. Texts from Antonio Gil de Zárate, Serafín Estébanez Calderón, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Benito Pérez Galdós, Miguel de Unamuno and Julio Llamazares are analysed and interpreted.

Keywords : Kaleidoscope; Spanish literature; hiper-icon; visual culture; mental imagery; perception.

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