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Improvisation and Writing: Julio Cortazar's 'El Perseguidor' and the Pursuit for Freedom

Jaime R. Brenes Reyes

Published: 2010-11-19

This article examines Julio Cortazar's writing techniques through his short story "El Perseguidor," which is modeled from the life of jazz great, Charlie Parker. "El Perseguidor" is similar to improvised music in that its rhythm and 'internal tension' create the common scheme and fundamental chords that are shared between author and reader. The reader, then, enters the story as co-creator and participant in the improvisatory process.

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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)