Romance Notes

Covers literary, cultural, or linguistic topics dealing with Romance studies.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 3, Spring

Berceo's "La Casulla De San Ildefonso": Thematic Transformation through Rhetoric
ANY reader of medieval literature is aware of the heavy degree of intertextuality that often exists between narratives. In his work Barbarolexis, Alexandre Leupin describes the medieval concept of writing as "a constant and endless transformation of...
Blurring Boundaries between Animal and Human: Animalhuman Rights in "Juan Darien" by Horacio Quiroga
THE title of this study suggests multiple questions, ontological as well as moral and ethical. Before blurring any boundaries between what has historically and scientifically been a neat, dyadic relationship, I must explore exactly what are the differences...
"El Amante Liberal": Cervantes's Ironic Imitation of Heliodorus
"EL amante liberal", from Cervantes's 1613 Novelas ejemplares, has been described as one of Cervantes's least popular works to readers in the twentieth century. This is, no doubt, because it shares little of the content or purportedly more realistic...
Garnier's la Troade between Homeric Fiction and French History: The Question of Moral Authority
SUCH faithful reworkings of classical themes and ancient sources as Robert Garnier's La Troade--which borrows in some parts from Euripides' Trojan Women, and quite heavily from Seneca's Troades--immediately pose the question of their raison d'etre....
Jews in Voltaire's Candide
MOST Voltaire scholars insist that he hated Jews. They quote various writings to show his hostility to the Old Testament and the absurdities of Jewish religious dogma and fanaticism and his contempt for Jews, both as depicted in the Bible and in their...
Joao Cabral De Melo Neto and the Poetics of Bullfighting
THE work of Brazilian poet Joao Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-1999) has been described by critics as rational, rigorous, and unadorned--or in Cabral's words, "mineral." (2) Standing in stark contrast to the effusive lyricism associated with the figure...
Reflections on Translating Nicolas Guillen's Poetry into English
THE art of translating a literary work usually involves a spirit of generosity and goodwill, of wanting to share with a public of one language the treasures produced by a talent that creates in another language. At the same time translation implies...
Specters of Naivete and Nuance in Verlaine's Poemes Saturniens
IN 1860, twenty-four years after the publication of his first collection of poems, Poemes saturniens, Verlaine writes a Critique des poemes saturniens in which he reaffirms his commitment to a poetics of naivete: Puis--car n'allez pas prendre au...
Transatlantic Visions: Imagining Mexico in Juan Rejano's la Esfinge Mestiza and Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados
THE role of Mexico in support of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) is well known. The government of Lazaro Cardenas (1934-1940) provided military equipment to the Republican Army and subsequently, when the war was...
Translating Tango: Sally Potter's Lessons
IN the mid nineties Sally Potter, director, writer and dancer, decided to make a film about Argentine tango in which she would play the leading role opposite a well-know tango artist, Pablo Veron. She made two important decisions about the screenplay:...