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Winter 2018 Vol. 86.3



Winter 2018 Vol. 86.1

Garcilaso as Sexton: Autobiography, Blood Purity and Inca History

José Cárdenas Bunsen

pp. 1-24

This study addresses the relation between the life and writings of Garcilaso Inca de la Vega through an archival reconstruction of his post as sacristan at the Cathedral of Córdoba and its reflection in his books. It shows that he was incorporated into the jurisdiction of Córdoba's Cathedral Chapter, but that he was not immediately granted full possession of his office. Confronted with ecclesiastical requirements for promotion to such a post, he carefully selected key autobiographical episodes to portray himself as well suited for promotion and responded to the mandatory purity-of-blood examination by displaying his genealogy and by construing a version of Inca history as a development of teachings and institutions that created a pure, immemorial Christianity, despite its recent arrival in the Andes. Garcilaso, though, hid these aspirations from the reader's view. This study brings to the forefront his covert engagement with the challenges of his ecclesiastical career.

Transatlantic Sex Trafficking and Imperial Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Fiction: Trata de blancas (1889) and Carne importada (1891)

Luis Álvarez-Castro

pp. 25-44 

The purpose of this paper is to reassess the ideological imprint of imperialism in late-nineteenth-century Spanish fiction through the analysis of two noncanonical novels: Eugenio Antonio Flores's Trata de blancas (1889) and Eduardo López Bago's Carne importada (1891). Both novels feature female protagonists who become entangled in networks of international sex trafficking in their respective migrations to Cuba and Argentina. Traditionally ascribed to Spanish "radical naturalist" fiction or simply dismissed as inconsequential instances of bordello literature, these texts are interpreted in this paper from the perspective of postcolonial criticism in order to reveal both the political significance of their transatlantic setting and the symbolic meaning that they assign to so-called white slavery and the figure of the prostitute. Ultimately, these novels will be read as symptoms of a collective anxiety resulting from the downfall of the Spanish Empire on the verge of its collapse in 1898.

 "Un maravilloso tapiz": Luis de Aranda, the Renaissance Glosa, and Its Readers

Alexandra Nowosiad

pp. 45-68

The verse glosa emerged in sixteenth-century Spain as an important means of shaping the Renaissance reception of late medieval poetry, with the composition and publication of glosas on ballads and can- cionero verse. Building on recent scholarship, which has increasingly considered the verse glosa as an intertextual process, this article seeks to sketch out further lines of inquiry into the form's relationship with early modern concepts of authorship and poetic creativity. An examination of the Renaissance glosses composed by Luis de Aranda on key works of cancionero verse, along with their print and manuscript transmission, reveals that the glosa was understood as an authorial, and marketable, print product, as well as a creative, and often ambiguous, process through which the medieval poets of the past were canonized and the glossator might fashion himself as an author. The article concludes by considering how contemporary readers may have engaged with the glosa.

Resituating Nitheroyin the Translation Zone: Transnational Travels, Creative Transformations, and the Making of a Modern Brazil

Krista Brune

pp. 69-90 

This article situates Domingos Gonçalves de Magalhães (1811–1882) and Nitheroy, which he published in Paris in 1836, between languages, nationalist cultures, political beliefs, and economic models. My reading of the poet and the periodical as transnational translators complements existing studies that either emphasize their literary contributions of introducing Romanticism in Brazil or focus on their political relevance to Brazilian nationalism in comparison to Spanish American countries. I highlight how Nitheroy and its editors engaged in acts of translation by extending the reach of European and North American ideas, values, and practices to elite Brazilian readers through the periodical's content and circulation. By reading Gonçalves de Magalhães and Nitheroy through the lens of trans-national translation, I emphasize that Brazilian writers and artists did not copy European Romanticism and other foreign concepts, but rather, creatively transformed them for Brazil as part of the process of transatlantic transfer.


On Female Political Alliances: Sor María de Ágreda's Communities of Letters

Nieves Romero-Díaz

pp. 91-111

In early modern Spain, women formed alliances among themselves and materialized female communities through which they could have an active political life. Studying these communities of and for women allows us to revise the narrative of power at the time, traditionally presented in male terms. The case of María de Ágreda (1604-1665) and the communities of letters that she built around a regular correspondence with religious, nonreligious, noble, and royal women, is particularly interesting for the analysis of female political alliances, since she established well-known ties with important figures across the country, and mobilized significant networks of influence throughout her life. This analysis will help us redefine what female political agency means in early modern Spain and reconstruct its history.

Comienzos para una estética anarquista: Borges con Macedonioby Luis Othoniel Rosa (review)

Pablo Brescia

pp. 113-115


After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts and Film in Latin America, 1990–2010by Fernando Rosenberg (review)

Ana Forcinito

pp. 115-121


Caribe, Caribana: cosmografías literariasby juan Duchesne winter (review)

Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia

pp. 121-124


The Specter of Races: Latin American Anthropology and Literature between the Warsby Anke Birkenmaier (review)

Silvio Torres-Saillant

pp. 124-128


Front Lines: Soldiers' Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic Worldby Miguel Martí Nez (review)

Elizabeth R. Wright

pp. 128-131


Autumn 2017 Vol. 85.4

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The Footprint Fallacy: Celestina’s Resistance to Intention 
pp. 371 - 392 
Carlota Fernández-Jáuregui Rojas 

In studying the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, This article reconsiders the controversial debate around Celestina’s intention by linking intention with irony and apophasis and by studying the interrelationship of intention, meaning, and interpretation. The split between words and intentions is seen through financial symbolism and in the way the author avoids the responsibility intrinsic to his intentions. By exploring intentio, one of the most ancient hermeneutical concepts, and by studying the tension between the paratexts of the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea and the work itself, we can discover an internal resistance to the element of intention, which crystalizes as the “footprint fallacy.”

Jorge Guillén in Post-Exile: Reaffirming the Ethical Dimension of Poetry 
pp. 393 - 417 
Sandra Barriales-Bouche 

Jorge Guillén interrupted his exile to visit Spain in the 1960s and 1970s before returning for good in 1977. This article examines the effects on his poetry of his progressive return to Spain. In Y otros poemas (1973) and Final (1981) Guillén rethinks his place and that of his works in Spanish reality and history. He insists on remembering the effects of the Civil War, brings attention to his exile poetry, and highlights the role of the reader in the survival of his work. In order to understand Y otros poemas and Final, it is key to connect them to the ethical awakening that exile provoked in his writing. The analysis of his acknowledgment of the relational dimension of poetry during his exile reveals that his return, far from becoming a break from his previous work, meant a conscious reiteration of the lessons that he had learned outside of Spain.

Los cuentos de Ibn ‘Asim (m. 1426): Precedentes enla península ibérica de relatos españoles y del folclore universal en el siglo XV 
pp. 419 - 440 
Desirée López Bernal 

A finales del siglo XIV, un reconocido jurista y literato granadino llamado Ibn ‘Asim (m. 1426) componía—entre otros materiales—una colección de cuentos y chistecillos fundamentalmente humorísticos titulada Hada’iq al-azahir. El presente artículo se propone sacar a la luz parte de la abundante cantidad de elementos folclóricos reunidos en este repertorio esencial en el estudio de los cuentos en la literatura y el folclore españoles, que aporta al folclore universal versiones y variantes de tipos hasta ahora no documentadas.

Exhibición de atrocidades: Andalucismo y degeneración racial española en Insolación de Emilia Pardo Bazán 
pp. 441 - 465 
Isaac García Guerrero 

En este ensayo examino la novela de Emilia Pardo Bazán Insolación (1889) en relación con la situación cultural y política española de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Especialmente, me centro en la aparición de un discurso orientalista de corte racista y antiandaluz que se utiliza para desvincular a España de lo que en el cambio de siglo se entiende como la decadencia de los pueblos latinos y orientales. Para poder argumentar este punto, leo la novela como una exposición del estado nacional a través del concepto de “exhibitionary complex” del crítico cultural Tony Bennett. Finalmente, argumento que la obra, en cuanto exposición nacional, se instituye como una herramienta educativa que pretende modificar la conducta de sus lectores.

Domesticando el imperio: Género y raza en Las españolas, americanas y lusitanas pintadas por sí mismas (1881–1882) 
pp. 467 - 488 
Ana Mateos

La transformación del papel tradicional de la mujer en el ámbito doméstico por el llamado liberalismo respetable ha sido estudiada generalmente como una cuestión de género circunscrita a un contexto nacional y peninsular. Aquí propongo que Las mujeres españolas, americanas y lusitanas pintadas por sí mismas (1881–1882), dirigida por Faustina Sáez de Melgar, negocia un nuevo papel para la mujer en un contexto transatlántico especialmente desde la interseccionalidad de género y raza. Combinando aspectos reformadores y tradicionales, esta colección defiende tanto la reclusión de la mujer en el hogar como la introducción de prácticas de la esfera pública liberal en el ámbito doméstico, que adquiere así una función pública. Además, con base en la articulación racial del modelo normativo femenino, esta renovación del discurso doméstico obtiene un significado imperial como instrumento de regulación racial transatlántica en el nuevo contexto del abolicionismo en Cuba.


Una cultura de invernadero: trópico y civilización en Colombia (1808–1928) by Felipe Martínez Pinzón (review) 
pp. 489 - 492 
Héctor Hoyos 

Crisis y reemergencia: el siglo XIX en la ficción contemporánea de Argentina, Chile, y Uruguay (1980–2001) by Veró Nica Garibotto (review) 
pp. 492 - 495 
Eva-Lynn Jagoe 

Mexican Melodrama: Film and Nation from the Golden Age to the New Wave by Elena Lahr-Vivaz (review) 
pp. 495 - 498 
Claudia Schaefer 

New Maricón Cinema: Outing Latin American Film by Vinodh Venkatesh (review) 
pp. 498 - 501 
David Tenorio 

The Merchant of Havana: The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive by Stephen Silverstein (review) 
pp. 501 - 503 
Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

Summer 2017 Vol. 85.3

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José M. Regueiro (1939–2017)

Ignacio Javier López 

Donald L. Shaw (1930–2017)

Ignacio Javier López

Colonial Commodity or Numinous Realm? The Representation of Nature in the Poetry of Luis Palés Matos

 Víctor Figueroa

Wagner and Schoenberg in the New World: The Legacy of German Musical Romanticism in Los pasos perdidos

Paula C. Park      

The Political Becomes the Personal: Rosario Castellanos and the US Women's Liberation Movement

Erin Gallo

Rocío: Ensayo de una Mirada Sobre los Silencios de la Transición

Irene Domingo


"Lector Ludens": The Representation of Games and Play in Cervanteby Michael Scham (review)

Juan Escourido

Los espejos del yo: existencialismo y metaficción en la narrativa de Unamunoby Luis Álvarez Castro (review)

Francisco Larubia-Prado         

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyondby David  William Foster (review)

Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste

Pliegues del yo: cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanoaméricaby Sergio Franco (review)

Margara Russotto

Spanish Film Cultures: The Making and Unmaking of Spanish Cinemaby Nuria Triana-Toribio (review)

Paul Julian Smith

Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia: Development and Culture in the Modern Stateby Daniel Chávez (review)

Christine J. Wade


Spring 2017 Vol. 85.2

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El insecto y el maniquí: Alegorías de la imagen post-mortem en Ensayo de un crimen de Luis Buñuel

Camilo Hernández Castellanos

In Ensayo de un crimen (translated to English as The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz), Luis Buñuel articulates the representational indeterminacy of the corpse in an exceptional way. The corpse is revealed not as an index within rational discursive structures, but as a symbol, a source of various allegories. To structure these allegories, the film expands and problematizes the parallel between the mechanisms of visual capture and reproduction and the reading structure of psychoanalysis. In this context, this article investigates specifically how Buñuel recontextualizes a female corpse through its analogy with two central figures within the symbolic economy of the film: a mannequin and a praying mantis. Through these figures, Buñuel sublimates the direct presentation of the corpse, while at the same time structuring the formless and unheimlich character in which the blurring of the matrices of subjectivity implicit in the corpse is framed; that is, its liminal position between the organic and the symbolic, the sublime and the putrefied.

A Delirious Theatricality: The Question of Authenticity in Four Poems by Virgilio Piñe

Robert S. Lesman

This article examines four poems published by Cuban author Virgilio Piñera (1912–1979) in the official Revolutionary literary journal Casa de las Américas in 1961. The poems illustrate the depth of Piñera's optimism about the freedom of personal and artistic self-expression he believed Cuba's new government would allow. This attitude is evident in the fact that the texts dramatize personal acts of transcendence in the face of social repression. The speakers of the poems evidence a faith in the power of theatricality to allow the apprehension and revelation of an authentic self. The timing of the texts' publication is of poignant significance, given that later the same year, Piñera found himself the victim of the Revolution's intention to suppress both sexual and intellectual individuality.

Between Clinical Writing and Storytelling: Alfonso de Santa Cruz and the Peculiar Case of the Man Who Thought He Was Made of Glass

Or Hasson

Composed around 1575 and published in 1622, Alfonso de Santa Cruz's Dignotio et cura affectuum melancholicorum was one of the most elaborate clinical texts written on melancholy in early modern Spain. Mostly known for its description of glass delusion, the Dignotio has been typically read either as possible "source material" for Cervantes's El licenciado Vidriera, or as a text whose literary features are, at best, accessory to scientific knowledge. Through a close examination of the framing, texture, and focus of the glass man's story, I complicate the facile identification of the narration as a case history, and showcase the importance of close, narratologically sensitive readings of early modern medical texts. Such readings, I argue, reveal the manifold—and sometimes contradictory—views on madness present in medical writing, and offer a new perspective on the medical–literary dialogue in early modernity, without confining it to mere "influence" or "inspiration."

El Paseo Ahumada de Enrique Lihn: Atravesando la fantasía del milagro económico chileno

Constanza Ceresa

Enrique Lihn’s El Paseo Ahumada is formatted like a 28-page newspaper and emulates the sensationalist tone of the tabloid press, with news pieces and photographs reflecting day-to-day life on the Paseo Ahumada, a pedestrian boulevard iconic of Pinochet’s apparently miraculous neoliberal program at the end of the 70s. The radicality of this work resides not only in the referential and material dimensions of its poems, but also in the notion of ideology it promotes. For Lihn, ideology is something structural, which cannot be unmasked without bringing down the whole building. Using Slavoj Žižek´s concept of ideology as social fantasy, I explore the work’s delirous journey through the fantasy of the economic miracle, which ultimately reveals the obscene violence that underlies social space and everyday speech. I suggest that Lihn’s choice of an immanent ideological criticism is an ethical one that leads him inevitably down the path of a failure of naming.

Alfonso X's Imagined Mediterranean Empire: Shipwrecks, Storms, and Pirates in the Cantigas de Santa María

Nicholas M. Parmley

Though studies on the Cantigas have emphasized them as a personal and collective plea for salvation, investigated the role of the troubadour, or highlighted depictions of daily life, very few have focused on the space and function of the sea in relation to the broader Alfonsine cultural and imperial project. In response to this lacuna, I argue that certain cantigas can and should be read as textual and visual manifestations (maps) of Alfonso's struggle for, and power over, the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, and contrary to critical notions of the shipwreck text as a counterhistoriographical narrative of empire, as articulated by Josiah Blackmore, I suggest that scenes of shipwreck, piracy, and tempestuous seas in the Cantigas are, in fact, carefully constructed narratives used to demonstrate—by way of divine intercession—the authority and influence of Alfonso's empire beyond the limits of the Peninsula, into and throughout the Mediterranean space.


Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain by Seth Kimmel (review) by Claire Gilbert

Nineteenth-Century Spanish America: A Cultural History by Christopher Conway (review) by Víctor Goldgel-Carballo

Autobiographical Writing by Early Modern Hispanic Women by Elizabeth Teresa Howe (review) by Hilaire Kallendorf

Modernism and Its Merchandise: The Spanish Avant-Garde and Material Culture, 1920–1930 by Juli Highfill (review) by Susan Larson

Winter 2017 Vol. 85.1

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Approaching Lorca’s Viaje a la luna: Structural Patterns, Symbolic Concatenation, and El público

Andrew A. Anderson

This close reading of Lorca’s Viaje a la luna is based on three overlapping approaches: the complete segmentation of the text and the identification of discrete sequences and interpolations within it; the recognition that the work’s cohesiveness, such as it is, depends much more on the symbolic rather than the narrative; and the use of imagery and themes found in Lorca’s drama El público to inform an analysis and interpretation of the film scenario. The psychic journey obliquely depicted in Viaje traces in nonlinear fashion the protagonist’s trajectory from birth to death, and is focused above all on issues of sexuality, ranging from attitudes to intercourse and procreation to vacillation between heterosexuality and homosexuality. He submits to the forces of social convention (the wearing of the Harlequin suit), but a return to “authenticity” (the anatomical dummy) inevitably brings about his demise, demonstrating the inextricably interwoven nature of eros and thanatos.

“Fish and Trees Are Alike”: The Movement of Identity in Kirmen Uribe’s Bilbao–New York–Bilbao

Sally Perret

This article explores the role translation has played in the circulation and promotion of Basque writer Kirmen Uribe’s first novel Bilbao–New York–Bilbao (2008). By examining the response both in and outside of the Basque Country, the article shows how particular views of literature within the Basque Country have influenced the work’s reception. In particular, drawing from political theories on community formation, it highlights the way art and literature are represented in the novel as spaces in which Basque artist-citizens have the right to participate in the nonviolent creation of their collective reality and to exchange and inspire ideas on the global stage. The article argues that Uribe’s novel promotes a productive view of Basque identity as always in movement, and therefore it is not exclusively tied to previous generations and their more violent means of protecting Basque culture.

Resisting Invisibility: Lesbianizing the Public Space in Isabel Franc’s Emma García Stories

Diana Aramburu

With Spain’s financial downturn beginning in 2007–2008, crime fiction authors have responded by focusing on how the crisis has affected certain marginalized groups. In “El enigma de su voz” and “Sin tratamiento de cortesía,” Isabel Franc reacts not only to the economic crisis in Spain, but also to a social crisis that could threaten the union of same-sex couples. This article studies how Emma García, now a private detective in Barcelona, must double as a bodyguard, a protector of the lesbian couples that are now her clients, to defend them against a return to invisibility. The lesbian utopia of the Lola Van Guardia trilogy and the later No me llames cariño is now in danger as lo masculino invades to disrupt the space for lesbian love and marriage in these two short stories.

Microscopy, Theatricality, and the Making of Cultural Consensus in the Short Fiction of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Loredana Comparone

In Cuentos de vacaciones (1905), the collection of short fictions by Spanish histologist and Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal, scientific and aesthetic discourses merge to interrogate the increasing complexity of life under modernity. This article examines how science and technologies of representation and display (dissection, “the theater of proof,” microscopy) intersect with modern spaces of visuality (theaters, museums, laboratories) in order to construct an epistemology of the human body and its legibility at individual and collective levels of existence. In my reading of “El pesimista corregido,” I argue that the story can be interpreted as a pseudoscientific experiment taking the form of a mise en scène which, as it exposes the constructed nature of human physiology, also foregrounds the centrality of theater and illusion as mechanisms and channels for subjectivization as well as for the production of aesthetic, cultural, and political consensus.


The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Creating Modernity, Nation, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Latin America by James E. Sanders (review) by William Acree

Between Two Worlds: The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Amy Fuller (review) by Glen Carman

Hybrid Identity and the Utopian Impulse in the Postmodern Spanish-American Comic Novel by Paul R. McAleer (review) by Ignacio López-Calvo

Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia by Ana María Ochoa Gautier (review) by John Holmes McDowell

Anxieties of Interiority and Dissection in Early Modern Spain by Enrique Fernández (review) by Víctor Sierra Matute

Autumn 2016 Vol. 84.4

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Los cautivos de Argel de Lope de Vega y la expulsión de los moriscos

Natalio Ohanna

Este artículo parte de una revisión documental del proceso de Abdela Alicaxet, morisco valenciano condenado a la hoguera en 1576 con cargos de apóstata y pirata. Seguidamente se analiza cómo años más tarde Lope de Vega reconstruye este caso inquisitorial en Los cautivos de Argel (1599) con el fin de exponer un acervo de prejuicios, temores y ansiedades sobre la comunidad morisca, y se examinan las estrategias textuales con que la comedia desvincula de España a este colectivo para atribuirle una identidad extranjera. De este modo la obra reproduce el registro vulgar de la controversia de los años previos a la expulsión, pero a la vez interviene en ella autorizando un tipo de percepción homogénea y participando en la construcción de una conciencia colectiva de la minoría morisca como alteridad, como extranjería peligrosa y desechable.

Between the Unthinkable and the Unsayable: The Legacy of Brigadas Dominicanas(December 1961–March 1963)

Elizabeth Christine Russ

The Dominican literary journal Brigadas Dominicanas published ten issues between December 1961 and March 1963. Its director, the Dominican poet and intellectual, Aída Cartagena Portalatín, affirmed her journal as a space open to compatriots committed to artistic and political freedom following the May 1961 assassination of the dictator Rafael Trujillo. Although its pages serve as an important repository for testimonial literature about the Trujillato, it is more than a simple anthology. While historians maintain that literary discourse played a negligible role during the postdictatorship moment, Brigadas reveals an intense social and political engagement by artists and intellectuals in the political and social life of the nation. Thus, rather than a time bereft of literary activity, Brigadas shows 1961–1965 as a period during which Dominican artists and intellectuals began what would be a long and continuing struggle to define the role of art and literature in a free society.

Casting the Reader as Eyewitness: Apostrophe and Visualization in Juan Latino’s Austrias Carmen (1573)

Maxim Rigaux

This article explores the functions of apostrophe and other strategies of mediated reception in Juan Latino’s Austrias Carmen (1573), a two-book epic poem in Latin on the Battle of Lepanto. Latino’s epic repeatedly invites the narratee to fix his or her gaze on remarkable spectacles, creating a tension between narrative and discursive time. In the first part of the article, I examine how Latino uses apostrophes directed at his patron Pedro de Deza to establish a close link between the addressee of the epic—Deza—and the Habsburg dynasty, while at the same time encouraging Deza to visualize the scenes described. In the second part, I question the shift within the poem from apostrophes explicitly addressing Deza towards ones directed at an implicit narratee. Latino’s purpose, I argue, is therefore to put before the eyes of the narratee his marvelous artistic skills as a painter with words.

Los grabados de Virgil Solis: una fuente iconográfica para las comedias mitológicas de Lope de Vega

Sònia Boadas

A principios del siglo XVI, Jorge de Bustamante adaptó al castellano las Metamorfosis de Ovidio, una traducción que se acabaría convirtiendo en la versión española más difundida de la obra y en una de las fuentes de Lope de Vega. Solo una de sus múltiples ediciones, la que se imprimió en Amberes en 1595, apareció con una serie de grabados del artista alemán Virgil Solis que representaban los principales episodios de los mitos ovidianos. Este artículo pretende demostrar la influencia de estas ilustraciones de Solis en la composición de las comedias mitológicas de Lope de Vega, para revelar así la amplia visión pictórica del dramaturgo y su capacidad para crear nuevos recursos escénicos a partir de elementos iconográficos.


Memorial de disidencias: vida y obra de José Manuel Caballero Bonald by Julio Neira (review) by Juan Carlos Abril

Spanish Female Writers and the Freethinking Press 1879–1926 by Christine Arkinstall (review) by Maryellen Bieder

Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe by Mary E. Barnard (review) by Paul Carranza

Heterogeneity of Being: On Octavio Paz’s Poetics of Similitude by Marco Luis Dorfsman (review) by Maarten Van Delden

Ramón Menéndez Pidal: The Practice and Politics of Philology in Twentieth-Century Spain by Steven Hess (review) by E. Michael Gerli

Proust’s Latin Americans by Rubén Gallo (review) by Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola

We Are Left Without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico by Eileen J. Súarez Findlay (review) by Marilyn G. Miller

Crónica general del desencanto: Vázquez Montalbán—Historia y ficción by José Colmeiro (review) by Kalen R. Oswald

Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative by Jason Cortés (review) by Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins

By the Grace of God: Francoist Spain and the Sacred Roots of Political Imagination by William Viestenz (review) by Olga Sendra Ferrer

Summer 2016 Vol. 84.3

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Quevedo y Alberti frente al lienzo: La silva “El pincel” y dos sonetos de A la pintura (1945)

Leticia Mercado

En los sonetos “Al pincel” y “A la pintura”, recogidos en su poemario homónimo de 1945, Rafael Alberti parte de la idea barroca del arte pictórico expresada ejemplarmente en la silva “El pincel” de Francisco de Quevedo (c. 1625) y reelabora sobre sus conceptos centrales: por un lado, el carácter heroico de la pintura y, por otro, la idea de su ilimitada capacidad de representación. Alberti pone este material al servicio de su poética del arte pictórico, en la que las constantes del tiempo y de la muerte quedan fuera del texto. El resultado es una nueva poesía que identifica la pintura con creación que supera la mímesis clásica, dejando campo libre a la imaginación del artista, así como con vida, mediante la utilización de un lenguaje poético altamente plástico que, en sí mismo, constituye un rechazo al estancamiento percibido por el poeta en el ambiente cultural de la España de posguerra.

“Dineros en cruzados”: The Morisco Expulsion, Numismatic Propaganda, and the Materiality of Ricote’s Coins

Chad Leahy

The expelled morisco Ricote in Don Quijote (1615) is on a quest to reunite his family and recover a cache of buried treasure, including a substantial volume of coins. This paper diverges from current critical trends focused on economic discourse in Cervantes by approaching Ricote’s coins not as economic signifiers but as material artifacts. Contrasting the numismatic messages materially embodied in Ricote’s coins with his own personal drama, a fundamental dissonance emerges, problematizing Cervantes’s representation of the moriscoexpulsion, and opening Ricote’s story to a broader interrogation of the relationship between numismatic propaganda and contemporary justifications of the mass expulsions of 1609–1614 (such as those penned by apologists like Aznar Cardona, Bleda, Corral y Rojas, Fonseca, and Guadalajara y Javier).

Blood, Purity, and Pleasure in Leopoldo Alas’s La Regenta

Julia Chang

This article contends that bloodlines stand as one of the most fundamental yet overlooked aspects of Leopoldo Alas’s seminal work La Regenta. In fact, the narrative begins and ends with the tarnished lineage of Ana Ozores who, over the course of the narrative, wrestles with the conflicting status of her stained origin on the one hand, and her chaste, virtuous temperament on the other. Recovering the discourse of blood, I argue, proves crucial to understanding this conflict. In so doing, this article challenges the conventional periodization that equates blood with the early modern period and sexuality with the modern. Through a critical engagement with Michel Foucault’sHistory of Sexuality, this article posits blood as the starting point for what I call the “chastity bind,” whereby the ideological underpinnings of limpieza de sangre (purity of blood) thwarts the modern sexual economy that privileges chastity over origin.


The Formation of Brazilian Souls: Imagery of the Republic in Brazil by José Murilo de Carvalho (review) by Natalia Brizuela

The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral: Memory Theaters in Contemporary Barcelona by Jennifer Duprey (review) by Edgar Illas

Judíos y conversos en el Corpus Christi: la dramaturgia calderoniana by Juan Carlos Garrot Zambrana (review) by Felipe B. Pedraza Jiménez

Roots of Brazil by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (review) by Dylon Robbins

Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America by José Luis Venegas (review) by Phillip H. Round

Mapping the Landscape, Remapping the Text: Spanish Poetry from Antonio Machado’s Campos de Castilla to the First Avant Garde (1909–1925) by Renée M. Silverman (review) by C. Christopher Soufas Jr.

Argentine, Mexican, and Guatemalan Photography: Feminist, Queer, and Post-Masculinist Perspectives by David William Foster (review) by Sofía Ruiz-Alfaro

Teatros nacionales republicanos: la Segunda República y el teatro clásico español by David Rodríguez-Solás (review) by Elena Cueto Asín

Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America’s Export Age by Ericka Beckman (review) by Alejandro Mejías-López

Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (review) by Rosamond S. King

Baroque Sovereignty: Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the Creole Archive of Colonial Mexico by Anna More (review) by Erin Graff Zivin

Spring 2016 Vol. 84.2


The “Beauty” of Suffering: Representations of Violence against Women in Spain—from María de Zayas to Alicia Luna and Icíar Bollaín

Sonia Pérez-Villanueva

The persistent problem of violence against women in Spain has often been obscured by the representation of female pain and suffering as a form of beauty. The film Te doy mis ojos provides an important critique of such historical, patriarchal representations of women in art and literature by portraying a unique female perspective of gendered violence in all of its brutality. This article studies Te doy mis ojos from three perspectives. First, it provides a historical context of violence against women through an examination of the Spanish legal system from medieval times to the present. Second, it analyzes the film as a response to the politics of the aesthetics of violence in early modern Spain. Finally, it compares the film with the unique female voice of seventeenth-century writer María de Zayas. These three perspectives demonstrate an idiosyncratic female dialectic of violence that is important for understanding the portrayal of domestic violence in Spain, its relation to the legal context, and how it might be that we now perceive historical misrepresentations of violence against women as something sensual and beautiful.

Alfonso de Madrigal, el Tostado, on the Politics of Friendship

Henry Berlin

This article focuses on the related notions of friendship and communication as they are developed in a political framework in two works, the Brevyloquyo de amor e amiçiçia (ca. 1437) and De optima politia (1436), by the fifteenth-century Castilian scholar Alfonso de Madrigal, el Tostado. Through a reflection on the possibility of friendship and communication with the divine, Madrigal puts forward a model of civil friendship based on the composite and permeable natures of both human interiority and human social structures such as the city.

Archive and Newspaper as Media in Mário’s Ethnographic Journals, O turista aprendiz

Fernando Fonseca Pacheco

This article repositions Mário de Andrade’s ethnographic journals of his two trips within a larger cultural context by shifting the focus from an established text to the process through which two media, the archive and the newspaper, shaped their content and differences. I argue that reading the first journal through Mário’s editing of the manuscript exposes a mocking and experimental approach to ethnographic practices. It also exposes his careful attention to the creation of archives and collections as a way to create cultural memory in Brazil. The journal of his second trip is aligned with the political and cultural agenda of the Diário Nacional and O Partido Democrático, in which ethnography is practiced in a less experimental way and aims to assert a collective voice.

On the Politics of Scale in Balún Canán

Brian Gollnick

This article uses geographer Neil Smith’s concept of the politics of scale to argue for a renewed reading of Rosario Castellanos’s first novel, Balún Canán (1957), within the context of regional narrative. That reading is accomplished by combining recent contextual investigations in history and sociology with crucial allusions to economic structures in the novel. In keeping with Smith’s formulations, Balún Canán is shown to be a work in which no simple resolution can be made between global, regional, and national contexts.

The Literary Economies of Philippine costumbrismo

William Arighi

During the latter half of the nineteenth century, cuadros de costumbres of the Philippines became popular in Spain, not only among average readers, but also among literary taste-makers such as Emilia Pardo Bazán. The popularity of colonial costumbrismo in this period functioned as a means of judging the Philippines and the Filipinos in their capacity to participate in a modern nation and a modern market. Close readings of stories by José Montero y Vidal and Wenceslao E. Retana demonstrate that costumbrismo was a tool for both the cultivation of aesthetic judgment among metropolitan and criollo audiences and the suppression of the same among Filipino readers. The differing effects of costumbrista writing on metropolitan and colonial readers in turn exacerbated exploitative regimes of culture, including markets, and thus abetted the extension of imperial power into daily life in the Archipelago during the closing decades of the Spanish Empire.


Lorca in Tune with Falla: Literary and Musical Interludes by Nelson R. Orringer (review) Walter Aaron Clark

Sins of the Fathers: Moral Economies in Early Modern Spain by Hilaire Kallendorf (review) Leah Middlebrook

The Triumph of Brazilian Modernism: The Metanarrative of Emancipation and Counter-Narratives by Saulo Gouveia (review) Sarah J. Townsend

The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain by Javier Irigoyen-García (review) Steve Vásquez Dolph

Autumn 2014 Vol. 82.4

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“Taking the Gold Out of Egypt”: Prostitution and the Economy of Salvation in the Vida de María Egipciaca

Emily C. Francomano

This article explores how the thirteenth-century verse Vida de María Egipciaca portrays the sins, conversion, and spectacular penance of Mary of Egypt in terms of her rejection of and eventual entrance into orthodox economies. As I argue, hagiographic legends about prostitutes have economic subtexts and the Vida offers paradoxical visions of prostitution both as a foil and as an analogue for the financial metaphors that undergird the very economy of salvation. In the Vida prostitution, as practiced by the repentant María, not only represents sexual depravity, but also a move from economic indifference and the unregulated distribution of sexual activities to a consciousness of just prices and exchange values. The poem thus offers a striking medieval articulation of Christian salvation economy, relating the salvation economy to notions of women’s value as objects of exchange. In so doing, the Vida also interlaces the context of thirteenth-century Mediterranean economic culture with its poetics.

A las “mal tajadas plumas”: el antimodernismo de Ramón Franquelo

Sergio Constán Valverde

In the framework of Hispanic Modernist reception, the volumen by the Andalucian Ramón Franquelo y Romero entitled Frases impropias, barbarismos, solecismos y extranjerismos de uso más frecuente en la prensa y en la conversación (1910) has not been studied in depth. The book was initially conceived as a guide for the correct use of the Spanish language, but the author tries to take advantage of it by attacking modernist literature, following Antonio de Valbuena or Friar Martín Blanco’s harsh voices, among others. Ramón Franquelo represents two focal points against the controversial literary movement: religious setting and linguistic purism. Franquelo’s case offers new keys with which we can continue delving into antimodernism. 

Ovidian Lyric Voice in the Iberian Baroque

Guinevere W. Allen

El estudio sobre “El Amigo de la Muerte” (1852), de Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, se ha desarrollado hasta la fecha alrededor de dos debates específicos: su conexión con la tradición oral europea y su discutida adscripciónalgénero fantástico. Dichas aproximaciones han dado frutos provechosos, pero limitados, ya que se han visto mediatizadas por expectativas tomadas de parámetros predeterminados ajenos al texto. En este artículo, tras una revisión somera de ambos debates, me enfoco en la función central del subtexto antigalicista y en las estrategias de reapropiación literaria localizables dentro del relato. Como propongo demostrar, los rasgos específicos que caracterizan “El Amigo de la Muerte”, y que se desvían tanto del modelo folclórico como de formulaciones estandarizadas de lo fantástico, proceden del deseo del autor de contrarrestar el influjo francés por medio de la crítica explícita y la readopción estratégica en coordenadas nacionales del pícaro Gil Blas de Alain-René Lesage. 

Memoria e identidad (auto)biográfica en La ninfa inconstante de Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Iván Eusebio Aguirre Darancou

In his last, posthumous novel, La ninfa inconstante, Guillermo Cabrera Infante presents a return to Havana before the Cuban Revolution. This article seeks to mobilize the strategies of autobiography, memory and autofiction to understand the author’s rewriting of his memoirs in a novelistic form. Memory is used as a tool to access and rewrite the past, seeking to bypass or question state ideologies, be they communist or capitalist. Using the theoretical model of Svetlana Boym’s work on nostalgia, I read the novel as a nostalgic return to a past that seeks to resignify the present history of Cuba before and during the Revolution; to create a lieux de mémoire that will testify for an alternative history of Cuba as well as serve as an example for other Cuban and non-Cuban exiles to (re)create their own spaces outside of official history without defying it openly.

El caso de las “mujeres sueltas”: Isabella de Luna, prostituta en el ejército imperial y cortesana española en Roma, y la Monja Alférez, Catalina de Erauso

Enriqueta Zafra

Prescriptive literature praised enclosure as the natural state for women and warned against talkative and footloose females. This article studies the trajectory followed by two singular women, one is the case of the pseudo autobiography of Catalina de Erauso, the so-called lieutenant-nun, who fought as a soldier for Spain and traveled throughout Europe and America disguised as a man. The other is Isabella de Luna, a young Spanish woman that followed the Spanish army and became a famous courtesan in Rome. Her sexual appetite and her traveling made her particularly dangerous and she became a target of criticism for women’s transgressions. This study will demonstrate how women out of place (the traveling woman) were a source of anxiety for the hegemonic powers of the time. Literature as this popular saying attests “la mujer honrada en casa y con la pata quebrada” contributed to maintain this soon to be shaken order.


Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: A Critical Edition by Alexander Von Humboldt by Ralph Bauer (review)

Spanish Reception of Russian Narratives, 1905–1939 by Lynn C. Purkey by Laurent Boetsch (review)

Cultural Capital, Language and National Identity in Imperial Spain by Lucia Binotti  by Eli Cohen (review)

The Spanish American crónica modernista, Temporality, and Material Culture: Modernismo’s Unstoppable Presses by Andrew Reynolds  by Adela Pineda Franco (review) 

Spring 2014 Vol. 82.2

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Punctum-Punk-Punctum: On the Poetry of Martín Gambarotta

Ben Bollig

The 2011 republication of Martín Gambarotta’s 1996 poetry collection, Punctum, offers the opportunity for new readers to approach this seminal and striking volume, one that was for some time unavailable. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to reflect on the complex poetics of a collection that, despite its initial impression of a stark hermeticism or even banality, offers a range of literary, poetic, and political implications. Moreover, it is a collection that, alongside Sergio Raimondi’s Poesía civil, represents the surprising variety of so-called 1990s, or objetivista, poetry in Argentina, and whose unexpected literary complexity runs counter to easy periodizations of Argentine literature. There is, though, a mismatch between the effectiveness of Gambarotta’s poems and the apparent banality of much of the text. Despite reusing clichés and slogans from the contemporary media, Gambarotta’s collection creates striking thematic, sonic, and visual effects on the reader.

Radical Politics and Experimental Film in Franco’s Spain: Los encuentros de Pamplona, 1972

Vicente J. Benet

The Encuentros de Pamplona of 1972 was the most important exhibit of avant-garde and experimental art that had ever taken place during Franco’s dictatorship. Some of the world’s most prominent artists, including John Cage, went to Spain to participate in this event. This article offers a reflection on the use of avant-garde and experimental art from the 1950s to the early 1970s in Spain. In the beginning, abstract art was accepted by Franco’s regime as a way of exporting a "liberal" and "modern" image of the dictatorship in art exhibitions. Yet the ambivalent nature of abstract experimental art made it possible to take these works as a silent protest against the regime. However, in the early 70s, a younger generation would shift their approach to experimental art forms, yet not reject them altogether: distanced by an attitude of cynicism toward the ability of film to bring about political change, they would appropriate and extend the avant-garde through parody and pastiche, thus marking the "fin de fiesta" of experimental art in Spain.

Violencia de género en la narrativa cubana contemporánea: deseo femenino y masculinidad hegemónica

Ana Belén Martín Sevillano

This paper examines the representation of gender violence in four contemporary Cuban novels: Máscaras by Leonardo Padura, Río Quibú by Ronaldo Menéndez, 100 botellas en una pared by Ena Lucía Portela, and Todos se van by Wendy Guerra. The analysis focuses on how domestic violence is conceived in these texts as a manifestation of the systemic violence that has shaped Cuban society. Furthermore, the paper considers the differences between the novels written by men and those written by women, suggesting that the gendered experience of the world has an impact on the experience of violence and in its textual representation.


Este artículo analiza la representación de la violencia de género en cuatro novelas cubanas contemporáneas: Máscaras (1997) de Leonardo Padura, Río Quibú (2008) de Ronaldo Menéndez, Cien botellas en una pared (2002) de Ena Lucía Portela y Todos se van (2006) de Wendy Guerra. El ensayo considera, en primer lugar, que la violencia doméstica es concebida en estas obras como una manifestación más de la violencia sistémica sobre la que se ha articulado la sociedad cubana. Luego, al examinar las diferencias existentes entre las novelas escritas por hombres y aquellas escritas por mujeres, el artículo sugiere que la experiencia de género condiciona la representación textual de la violencia.

Beyond the Visual City: The Sound of Space in Fernando Pérez’s Suite Habana

Tania Gentic

This article considers the role of sound in the production of space and subjectivity, as seen in Cuban director Fernando Pérez’s 2003 film, Suite Habana. It argues that sound modifies the film’s ideological and visual representations of the city by creating an aural imaginary that represents an affective and corporeally felt notion of community. In this way, sound not only links unrelated characters to one another on the screen, it also expands the enclosed, visual experience of the city into a soundscape that connects the space on the screen to the space of the theater or the home of the audio-viewer. Sound thus unites otherwise disparate subjects into a sonic community that crosses spatial boundaries. The article grounds its arguments in analyses of voice, music, and the construction of both acousmatic and hyperreal sound in the film.

Rufino Blanco Fombona y las ambivalencias posmodernistas: el caso de los Cuentos americanos

Miguel Gomes

This article argues that Rufino Blanco Fombona’s short stories, in particular Cuentos americanos, are a fundamental example of his ambiguities vis-à-vis Spanish American modernismo. Although his attacks on Rubén Darío were precisely articulated in his memoirs and essays, Blanco Fombona’s fictions are heavily indebted to his modernista roots, and especially to his first contacts with nationalistic motifs in the work of several Venezuelan modernistas. The ultimate aim of this discussion is to challenge the rigidity with which traditional historiography differentiates modernismo and criollismo. A more nuanced approach to this moment in literary history allows us to better understand how aesthetic ideologies are manipulated by authors and critics to distribute and accumulate symbolic power in the field of cultural production.


Este artículo postula que los relatos de Rufino Blanco Fombona, sobre todo sus Cuentos americanos, son un ejemplo fundamental de las ambigüedades del autor ante el modernismo. Aunque sus ataques contra Rubén Darío se articularon con claridad en sus memorias y ensayos, las narraciones de Blanco Fombona tienen una deuda profunda con sus orígenes modernistas y, en particular, con sus primeros contactos con motivos nacionalistas en la obra de varios modernistas venezolanos. El objetivo de esta discusión es cuestionar la rigidez con que la historiografía literaria tradicional distingue modernismo y criollismo. Un acercamiento más matizado a este momento de la historia literaria permite comprender mejor cómo autores y críticos manipulan las ideas estéticas para distribuir y acumular poder simbólico en el seno del campo de producción cultural.