Demystifying the Female Body in Hispanic Male Authors 1880-1920: Overcoming the Virgin / Prostitute Dichotomy
This study examines the representation, semiotics and power relations inherent in the depiction of the female body in key Modernist short stories by canonical authors from Latin America and Spain at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. The female body is a crucial element in the emergence of modern woman’s subjectivity as evidenced in the tales of Rubén Darío, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Manuel Díaz Rodríguez, Azorín, Miguel de Unamuno and Ramón del Valle-Inclán.
“ . . .through its focus on the short story, the study brings this little-studied genre to the fore and illustrates its importance within the wider corpus of Modernist texts. . . . Combining close readings with a deep understanding of the sociosymbolic changes taking place in Modernism, Cohen’s work enhances our knowledge of the writers under discussion and of the interplay of their literary explorations with questions of gender, subjectivity, and power that continue to concern us today.” – Dr. Mary Lee Bretz. Professor Emerita, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
Table of Contents
Foreword by Mary Lee Bretz, Ph.D.
1 The Sensual Artifact
2 The Artful Frame
3 The Erased Presence
4 The Demystified Female Body
ISBN10: 0-7734-5195-1 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5195-7 Pages: 124 Year: 2008