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Item"The Poetry of Luis Cernuda: Order in a World of Chaos" by Neil C. McKinlay [review]( 2001)It is now some thirty years since Tamesis published two of the most influential studies of Luis Cernuda’s poetry in English, Philip W. Silver’s "'Et in Arcadia Ego':A Study of the Poetry of Luis Cernuda", and Derek Harris’s "Luis Cernuda: A Study of the Poetry". It is fitting, therefore, that the same publisher should recently have published this volume, the first book-length monograph on Cernuda in English for approximately a decade.
ItemDisplacing the Father: Male Homosexual Desire and Identity in Cernuda's Later Love Poetry(La Trobe University, 2000)This article is part of a wider project which aims to introduce a range of new issues and theoretical perspectives into critical writing on Luis Cernuda's poetry. One of the main objectives of this project is to stimulate further analysis and a greater understanding of male homosexual desire and identity as they are represented in Cernuda's later poetry. In this article, I draw on Leo Bersani's account of the modulation of sadism by masochism in male homosexual desire and argue that, in Cernuda's later love poetry, gay male identity is not fixed within the oppressively disciplinarian limitations of identity.
ItemGender and the Divine in Cernuda's Later Poetry(Casa de las Españas, Columbia University, 2000)In this article, I use ideas developed by the French feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray in order to examine and stimulate discussion of the representation of masculinity and femminity in Cernuda's last four books of poetry. A secondary aim of this paper is to suggest indirectly that gender is central to other, apparently ungendered issues, such as aesthetics and time, which have been the subject of much debate among Cernuda's critics. To develop my argument, I focus in particular on Irigaray's ideas concerning the role of the divine in the establishment and development of gender identity. Cernuda's last four books of poetry offer particularly fertile ground for the analysis of the relationship between femininity and the divine because female divinities appear in them more frequently than in any other books of poetry. My study initially focusses on poems in which the Christian God occupies an important place and examines the relation between those poems' portrayals of God and gender identity. In the second section, I draw out the similarities between those poems' representation of God and gender and that of poems which focus on goddesses from Greek mythology. In the final section, I examine some poems which offer more dynamic representations of genders in as much as they provide evidence of a greater respect for sexual difference on the part of their speaker and/or the power of the maternal-feminine to disrupt masculinity.
Item“Los escribas furiosus: configuraciones homoeróticas en la narrativa española actual” by Alfredo Martínez Expósito [review](La Trobe University, 2000)Since the publication of Paul Julian Smith's ground-breaking study "Laws of Desire: Questions of homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film", 1960-1990 (Oxford:Oxford University Press,1992), there has been a steady stream of articles and books analyzing the representations of male same-sex desire in Spanish culture. On the whole, these articles and books have focussed their attention on already well-known authors or film directors such as Juan Goytisolo, Terenci Moix or Pedro Almodóvar. In “Los escribas furiosos: configuraciones homoeróticas en la narrativa española actual”, Alfredo Martínez Expósito carries us several steps further along the path to a more complete understanding of the complex place of male same-sex desire in Spanish culture by filling in some of the gaps left by previous studies.
ItemSpanish Culture and Society: The Essential Glossary. B. Jordan (2002) [review](Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2003-03)A review of 'Spanish Culture and Society: The Essential Glossary' by B. Jordan published by Arnold 2002. ISBN 0 340 76341 8 (hardback) ISBN 0 340 76342 6 (paperback). This book is the second in Arnold’s ‘The Essential Glossary’ series and is about contemporary Spain and Spanish. The range of topics the book deals with is as broad as its title suggests and includes entries on seventeen areas of Spanish society and culture: architecture; cinema; cultural life; education; fashion and design; language and nationhood; leisure, consumption and food; literature; media and communications; music and dance; political life; religion; social issues; sport; trade, commerce and industry; visual and performing arts; and writers and intellectuals.