The Body Hispanic: Gender and Sexuality in Spanish and Spanish American Literature / Edition 1

The Body Hispanic: Gender and Sexuality in Spanish and Spanish American Literature / Edition 1

by Paul Julian Smith, Smith
     
 

This is the first book to analyse Spanish and Spanish American literature in the light of modern theories of sexuality. Its aim is twofold: to provide a readable introduction to the varied and complex treatments of sexuality since Freud; and to read, in this context, a representative selection of major texts from different areas of Hispanic studies -- Renaissance,… See more details below

Overview

This is the first book to analyse Spanish and Spanish American literature in the light of modern theories of sexuality. Its aim is twofold: to provide a readable introduction to the varied and complex treatments of sexuality since Freud; and to read, in this context, a representative selection of major texts from different areas of Hispanic studies -- Renaissance, modern peninsular, and Spanish American.

The first section of the book offers readings of two women writers -- Maria de Zayas and St Teresa of Avila -- in the light of French theoretical feminism (Kristeva and Irigaray), and of texts by Gongora in relation to Barthes's conception of gender and genre. The second section gives a Lacanian reading of desire in the nineteenth-century novels of Galdos and Valera, and a Foucaldian interpretation of power and pleasure in Lorca's drama. In the third section, there are Marxian readings of nature and politics in Latin American poetry (Neruda and Vallejo) and a post-modern approach to the Latin American novel (Fuentes, Puig). The conclusion argues that in spite of the diversity of texts and theories treated, there are three broad areas of coherence or coincidence: the problematic status of woman in a male culture; the possibility of resistance to an authority always already in place; the dual role of the body as material and theoretical protagonist in that resistance.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198158745
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Series:
Clarendon Paperbacks Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,135,047
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Covarrubias's bearded lady
Abbreviationsix
Introduction: Reading The Body1
1.Writing Women In The Golden Age11
1.Women's Studies and Feminist Theory11
2.Teresa and the Mystic Body22
3.Zayas and Women's Language31
4.A Chance of Life41
2.Gongora And Barthes44
1.'Beyond' Transgression44
2.The Soledades: Gender and Genre51
3.The Polifemo: Narrative and Catachresis60
4.Figures of Sexuality67
3.Galdos, Valera, Lacan69
1.Psychologism and Psychoanalysis69
2.La de Bringas: The Factor of Truth75
3.Juanita la Larga: The Insistence of Meaning87
4.A Letter of Love101
4.Lorca And Foucault105
1.Against Humanism105
2.Bernarda Alba: Power and Knowledge115
3.El publico: Power and Pleasure125
4.A Sense of Self135
5.Neruda, Vallejo, Marx138
1.Marxian Sexuality138
2.Nature in the Odas elementales143
3.Man in the Poemas humanos156
4.A Politics of the Body172
6.Fuentes, Puig, Lyotard175
1.Postmodern Conditions175
2.Artemio Cruz and the Decline of Metanarrative183
3.La mujer arana and the Return of the Body193
4.The End of History?202
Conclusion: Reading The Same205
Bibliography208
Index216

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >