The Fantastic and Semi-Fantastic Element in Kuteli’s Short Stories

Rovena Vata


What motivates the writing of the following article is the extended representation of mythical and demonic figures in the prose fiction of Mitrush Kutelii. Among these figures the reader can found: the nymphs, the hours, the shtoizovalle… This study appears in a context of descriptive analysis, through which these figures are represented in the text, and their role in the structure of the narration. The fantastic and half-fantastic element in Kuteli’s short stories appears not only through the presence of these creatures, but also through the structure of his storytelling. Special emphasis will be given to the structure of the prosaic action of the demonic characters, which are carriers of the prosaic storytelling, and as such they are narrated within an intermediate world, between the real and the imaginary. In these stories Kuteli’s storytelling is represented in the threshold of two worlds: the world of the living and the world of the dead. The living characters are dying and presented in the agony of death, and the dead ones, through diverse forms and manners, return from the world of the dead to the world of the living. The study and analysis of the structural form in Kuteli’s narrative world contributes in carrying forward the studies in the field of narration theory and affirms Mitrush Kuteli’s propitious work in the evolution of the Albanian prose.
Keywords: fantastic world, mythology, narration theory, storytelling, mythical creature, narrative prose, character’s action.

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