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The Body Hispanic : Gender and Sexuality in Spanish and Spanish American Literature - Paul Julian Smith

The Body Hispanic

Gender and Sexuality in Spanish and Spanish American Literature

Paperback Published: 19th March 1992
ISBN: 9780198158745
Number Of Pages: 280

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This is the first book to analyze Spanish and Spanish-American literature in light of several theories of sexuality advanced since Freud. Bringing into discussion such writers as Fuentes, Neruda, Garcia Lorca, Galdos, and St. Teresa of Avila, Smith draws on critical approaches derived from Marx, Lacan, Foucault, Barthes, and French theoretical feminism (Kristeva and Irigaray). He argues that in spite of the variety of texts and theories treated, there are three broad areas of coherence or coincidence: the status of women in a male culture; the possibility of resistance to authority; and the role of the body as protagonist in that resistance.

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`Sustained by his habitual panache and brilliance [the six chapters] constitute a series of `strong' readings guaranteed to convince young Hispanists of the need to engage seriously with an important body of post-structuralist texts'Malcolm K. Reed, Journal of Hispanic Philology 'The Body Hispanic is an example of the most astute criticism ... It is refreshing to read a book about bodies that doesn't try to answer what women want, but rather addresses Cixous's contention that "men still have everything to say about their sexuality"' SIGLO XX/20TH CENTURY (1991-92) 'Smith does a very good job of conveying the theoretical material lucidly. The generally excellent calibre of the scholarship is, in turn, what makes one want to struggle with the various theories of gender and sexuality which Smith himself at times describes as 'dense and intricate'. The great diversity of The Body Hispanic assures something of interest to experts in almost all fields of Hispanic studies, and each essay rewards the reader with observations that are fresh and perceptive.' C.S. Halka, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Volume LXIX: Number 3: July 1992 'without doubt the most radical, ground-breaking work on Hispanic literature published in the last decade (at least), and has Qhanged irrevocably the horizon of expectations of that discipline as a result ... The insights that The Body Hispanic provokes ... are, indeed, radical and far-reaching.' Stephen M. Hart, University of Kentucky, Romance Quarterly, Spring 1993, Vol. 40, No.2' 'erudite book ... it has brought in an important aspect of getting down to fundamentals and regarded texts with something much more engaging than antiquarianism' Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Tome LV, 1993

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Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction: Reading The Bodyp. 1
Writing Women In The Golden Agep. 11
Women's Studies and Feminist Theoryp. 11
Teresa and the Mystic Bodyp. 22
Zayas and Women's Languagep. 31
A Chance of Lifep. 41
Gongora And Barthesp. 44
'Beyond' Transgressionp. 44
The Soledades: Gender and Genrep. 51
The Polifemo: Narrative and Catachresisp. 60
Figures of Sexualityp. 67
Galdos, Valera, Lacanp. 69
Psychologism and Psychoanalysisp. 69
La de Bringas: The Factor of Truthp. 75
Juanita la Larga: The Insistence of Meaningp. 87
A Letter of Lovep. 101
Lorca And Foucaultp. 105
Against Humanismp. 105
Bernarda Alba: Power and Knowledgep. 115
El publico: Power and Pleasurep. 125
A Sense of Selfp. 135
Neruda, Vallejo, Marxp. 138
Marxian Sexualityp. 138
Nature in the Odas elementalesp. 143
Man in the Poemas humanosp. 156
A Politics of the Bodyp. 172
Fuentes, Puig, Lyotardp. 175
Postmodern Conditionsp. 175
Artemio Cruz and the Decline of Metanarrativep. 183
La mujer arana and the Return of the Bodyp. 193
The End of History?p. 202
Conclusion: Reading The Samep. 205
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 216
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ISBN: 9780198158745
ISBN-10: 0198158742
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 19th March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 14.12  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.31

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