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In The Heideggerian Tradition: Acontecimiento By Concha García, Martha Lafollette Miller Jun 2012

In The Heideggerian Tradition: Acontecimiento By Concha García, Martha Lafollette Miller

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Critics Sharon Keefe Ugalde and Tina Escaja have called the poetry of Concha García “enigmatic,” “unique,” and “avant-garde.” Studies of her work to date tend to attribute the fragmentation and discontinuity of her poetic discourse to her rejection of phallologocentric language. While one of her work’s chief concerns is indeed her speaker’s sense of a radical difference and alienation based on gender, her poetry at the same time directs her reader’s attention to more general ontological considerations. Rather than clearly recounting the events of the life of her poetic protagonist, she rejects the distillations and simplifications that ...


Memorials, Shrines And Umbrellas In The Rain: Poetry And 11-M, Jill Robbins Jun 2012

Memorials, Shrines And Umbrellas In The Rain: Poetry And 11-M, Jill Robbins

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This project examines the representations in recent Spanish poetry of violence, solidarity, and memory, as these intersect with ethnic, linguistic and religious otherness, globalization, communication technology, and nationalisms. The lens through which the analysis is refracted is the poetic response to the Islamist terrorist bombings of working-class commuter trains in Madrid on March 11, 2004 (known in Spain as 11-M). This event, which occurred days before national elections, exposed the contradictory cultural forces that underlie notions of the national identity, economic transformation, the role of the media, and the social contract in Spain today. This became apparent in the massive ...


The Incertitude Of Language And Life In The Poetry Of Olvido García Valdés, Sharon Keefe Ugalde Jun 2012

The Incertitude Of Language And Life In The Poetry Of Olvido García Valdés, Sharon Keefe Ugalde

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Two of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s formulations serve as guideposts for the analysis of the poetry of García Valdés: the concept of language-game and the Creation Mystic Experience, or seeing the world as a miracle. The paper first considers the language-game in terms of “unbound” or exempt language. The poet, recognizing the metamorphic nature of language, frees it from predetermined cultural content and, most notably, from grammatical rigidity, toying with ambiguity and fluidity through such techniques as juxtaposition, pronoun vagueness and ellipsis. The second part of the study considers the poet’s exploration of the ineffable, which embraces both the astonishment ...


Poetry Wars, Sylvia R. Sherno Jun 2012

Poetry Wars, Sylvia R. Sherno

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The status of poetry in Spain over the last several decades has provided fodder for a surprisingly contentious dispute, perhaps particularly remarkable for devotees and critics on these shores, where poetry has a limited readership…


Cernuda In Current Spanish Poetry, Salvador J. Fajardo Jun 2012

Cernuda In Current Spanish Poetry, Salvador J. Fajardo

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The poet Luis Cernuda (Spain, 1902-Mexico, 1963) has left his mark on much of the poetry written in Spain since the sixties. First rediscovered in the Peninsula in the late fifties and early sixties by, among others, Francisco Brines, José Angel Valente, and Jaime Gil de Biedma, his influence became pervasive both through the work of these poets, and, through the reading of Cernuda’s poetry itself, available since 1975 in Harris and Maristany edition. Referring in particular to Biedma, whose impact on younger poets has been significant, this paper examines the presence of Cernuda in certain approaches to language ...


Mysticism, Meditation, And Monologue In Poemas Del Ser Y Del Estar By Ernestina De Champourcin, Catherine G. Bellver Jun 2012

Mysticism, Meditation, And Monologue In Poemas Del Ser Y Del Estar By Ernestina De Champourcin, Catherine G. Bellver

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Between 1954 and 1972, Ernestina de Champourcin wrote a series of six books centering on her poetic persona’s quest for God and expressions of love toward Him. Poemas del ser y el estar is in many ways the culmination of her religious phase not only because it is the last in the series, but also because in it she reaches the serenity acquired when the search for God is over and the soul can dwell in the blissful state of illumination. Many have found implications of mysticism in her religious poetry. However, in spite of the evidence of a ...


Beyond The Pale: “Poesía Postpoética” In Agustín Fernández Mallo’S Joan Fontaine Odisea, W. Michael Mudrovic Jun 2012

Beyond The Pale: “Poesía Postpoética” In Agustín Fernández Mallo’S Joan Fontaine Odisea, W. Michael Mudrovic

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In a recent article defining his concept of “poesía postpoética,” Agustín Fernández Mallo chides and challenges his contemporaries for being behind the times. While not completely eschewing more traditional techniques of intertextuality and imagery, Fernández Mallo does stress the need to incorporate scientific and mathematical imagery. His book-length poem, Joan Fontaine Odisea (mi deconstrucción) (2005), exemplifies his “poesía postpoética” in its use of allusions to high and popular culture, and scientific concepts, along different types of discourse, to disrupt the commonplace perception of a unified poetic voice. This article will focus on Joan Fontaine Odisea as a modern poetic sequence ...


Syntactically Silent Subjects: Luis Muñoz And The Poetry Of Ellipsis, Judith Nantell Jun 2012

Syntactically Silent Subjects: Luis Muñoz And The Poetry Of Ellipsis, Judith Nantell

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Luis Muñoz (1966) is one of contemporary Spain’s most salient poets. His work has been described as demonstrating a discourse of ellipsis; yet no study has examined in detail his masterful use of syntactic and figurative omission. In fact, even though Muñoz’s published collections to date span two centuries, no single study has been devoted to his decidedly innovative expressivity. His work has been commented on in various panoramic essays considering contemporary poetry published in Spain at this temporal intersection and a number of his poems have been gathered into noteworthy anthologies of this same era. His poetry ...


Migration And The Foreign In Contemporary Spanish Poetry: El Sueño De Dakhla (Poemas De Umar Abass) By Manuel Moya, Debra Faszer-Mcmahon Jun 2012

Migration And The Foreign In Contemporary Spanish Poetry: El Sueño De Dakhla (Poemas De Umar Abass) By Manuel Moya, Debra Faszer-Mcmahon

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Many critical studies have addressed the issue of immigration in contemporary Spanish narrative and film, but far fewer have analyzed this topic within the context of poetry. The representation of immigrant experience in poetic texts is significant not only because poetic works have received less attention, but also because of the significance of poetry within North African and Islamic culture. Manuel Moya’s recent award-winning collection places the question of North African immigration as a central concern. The text purports to offer a compilation of poetry produced by the Western Saharan immigrant Umar Abass, who currently resides in Madrid. The ...


Poetic Vision And (In)Visible Pain In Antonio Méndez Rubio’S Trasluz, Paul Cahill Jun 2012

Poetic Vision And (In)Visible Pain In Antonio Méndez Rubio’S Trasluz, Paul Cahill

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Since the 1980s, visibility has played a key role in debates surrounding Spanish poetry. Novísimo ‘very new’ poets have highlighted and explored the instability and uncertainty of the gaze, while poetas de la experiencia ‘poets of experience’ have more readily accepted the visible without questioning it or the mechanisms used to construct it. Poets who entered the literary scene in the mid to late 1990s have also entered this discussion. Antonio Méndez Rubio, the author of twelve poetry collections and numerous critical and theoretical works, is a poet whose work does not fit easily within the categories usually employed to ...


The Song Of Disappearance: Memory, History, And Testimony In The Poetry Of Antonio Gamoneda, Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza Jun 2012

The Song Of Disappearance: Memory, History, And Testimony In The Poetry Of Antonio Gamoneda, Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This essay explores Antonio Gamoneda’s poetry as an Adornian form of testimony. With its enigmatic foregrounding of lies, the book-length poem Descripción de la mentira ‘Description of the Lie’ can be read as a “contradictory testimony” in which the act and memory of witnessing go, as it were, underground—only to resurface, rife with loss, years after Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Yet the abstruse character of this poetic writing prevents readers from drawing straightforward political truths about Spanish history from the poem. Losses are inscribed in the text catachrestically, as they truly are: losses. Gamoneda’s ...


“No Es Mi Madre La Tierra” ‘The Earth Is Not My Mother’: Ecology In Gloria Fuertes’S Last Poetry, Douglas K. Benson Jun 2012

“No Es Mi Madre La Tierra” ‘The Earth Is Not My Mother’: Ecology In Gloria Fuertes’S Last Poetry, Douglas K. Benson

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Since the 1930s, Gloria Fuertes’s poetry has attracted listeners and readers to her unique combination of verbal play, witty juxtapositions of erudite and popular sources, and uncanny linguistic virtuosity. Thirteen years after her death in 1998, her popularity continues to grow as new printings of her best-selling books and new editions of her early poetry appear in print. The last book over which she had editorial control, Mujer de verso en pecho (1995) ‘Woman with Verse on her Chest,’ is her most provocative, expanding considerably the thematic range to which she applied her unconventional poetic strategies. One previous thematic ...


Reading Sara Pujol Russell’S Poetry Of Contemplation And Connection, Anita M. Hart Jun 2012

Reading Sara Pujol Russell’S Poetry Of Contemplation And Connection, Anita M. Hart

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Sara Pujol Russell’s poetry captures a process of expanding consciousness and personal renewal. Through contemplation and attention to nature, the poet-speaker in her works generates a sense of connection that moves her beyond daily concerns. Pujol’s poetry is both metaphysical and also different in that it resists easy classification and is not representative of mainstream trends. This essay approaches the distinctiveness of Pujol’s work by studying selected poems from her third book of poetry in Spanish, Para decir sí a la carencia, sí a la naranja, al azafrán en el pan (2004) ‘To Say Yes to Lack ...