The Labyrinth of Solitude Additional Summary

Octavio Paz


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Alves, Abel A. “History, Mexico, the United States, and Humanity in the Writings of Octavio Paz.” CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 20, no. 1 (Fall, 1990): 53-63. Surveys the main themes of The Labyrinth of Solitude, including gender roles and Mexican history. Demonstrates how Paz believes that Mexicans can achieve an understanding of the present through an examination of the past.

Bell, Steven. “Contexts of Critical Reception in El laberinto de la soledad: The Contingencies of Value and the Discourse of Power.” Siglo XX / 20th Century 20, nos. 2/3 (1992): 101-124. Examines the changing critical reception that Paz’s essay has received over the years. Discusses Paz’s view of power as male-centered.

Caistor, Nick. Octavio Paz. London: Reaktion Books, 2007. Biographical work presents analysis of Paz’s essays and other writings. Describes Paz’s participation in efforts to bring utopian revolution to Mexico while at the same time refusing to accept doctrinaire political ideologies.

Katra, William H. “Ideology and Society in El laberinto de la soledad, by Octavio Paz.” Chasqui 15, nos. 2/3 (1986): 3-13. Offers a fairly harsh reading of Paz’s essay. Argues that it gives rise to some misconceptions about Mexican society and the roles of men and women in that society.


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