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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158745
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: Clarendon Paperbacks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,048,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

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Abbreviations ix
Introduction: Reading The Body 1
1. Writing Women In The Golden Age 11
1. Women's Studies and Feminist Theory 11
2. Teresa and the Mystic Body 22
3. Zayas and Women's Language 31
4. A Chance of Life 41
2. Gongora And Barthes 44
1. 'Beyond' Transgression 44
2. The Soledades: Gender and Genre 51
3. The Polifemo: Narrative and Catachresis 60
4. Figures of Sexuality 67
3. Galdos, Valera, Lacan 69
1. Psychologism and Psychoanalysis 69
2. La de Bringas: The Factor of Truth 75
3. Juanita la Larga: The Insistence of Meaning 87
4. A Letter of Love 101
4. Lorca And Foucault 105
1. Against Humanism 105
2. Bernarda Alba: Power and Knowledge 115
3. El publico: Power and Pleasure 125
4. A Sense of Self 135
5. Neruda, Vallejo, Marx 138
1. Marxian Sexuality 138
2. Nature in the Odas elementales 143
3. Man in the Poemas humanos 156
4. A Politics of the Body 172
6. Fuentes, Puig, Lyotard 175
1. Postmodern Conditions 175
2. Artemio Cruz and the Decline of Metanarrative 183
3. La mujer arana and the Return of the Body 193
4. The End of History? 202
Conclusion: Reading The Same 205
Bibliography 208
Index 216
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