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Title:Geografias De Resistencia: Espacio Poetico Y Homosexualidad Masculina en La Poesia Espanola Contemporanea
Author(s):Alvarez, Enrique
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):John Wilcox
Department / Program:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
Abstract:The first chapter examines the crisis of poetic subjectivity confronting the homo/heterosexual definition in Federico Garcia Lorca. This crisis produces a tropology of the body through death, silence, secrecy, and unproductive sexuality that constitutes a system of knowledge, a metaphysics of presence of male homosexuality. The second chapter considers Luis Cernuda's masterful articulation of homosexual desire through traditional poetic resources such as myth and nature. Their aesthetic manipulation through verbal imagery in Cernuda's poetry produces a series of poetic landscapes that are both the medium and the outcome of an inner sexual exile, which later materializes in geographical space. Finally, the spatial trajectory of this dissertation concludes with the paradigm of social space, the city, as represented in the urban poetics of Jaime Gil de Biedma: the poetic self is seen constituting itself via homoerotic experience in different settings in the city. From domestic space to parks, bars, cafes, and hotel rooms, this urban dynamic of love, desire, and eroticism points to the relevance of the culture of everyday life in the creative process, as well as to a social habitus in direct opposition to the ideological tenets of compulsory heterosexuality. Hence, this dissertation has studied this triumvirate as a group in order to demonstrate how a homosexual and homosocial subjectivity appears inscribed in an aesthetic vision of space.
Issue Date:2004
Description:359 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153234
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2004

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