The Body Hispanic: Gender and Sexuality in Spanish and Spanish American Literature

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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. Discussing 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...
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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. Discussing 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780198158639
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/18/1990
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.77 (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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