Romance Notes

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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Spring

A Feminine Approach to Favour in Two Novels by Machado De Assis
IN Machado de Assis's short story, "Teoria do medalhao," a father explains to his son, on the occasion of his twenty-first birthday, how to become a medalhao--a title once used to refer to a person of great importance who wields influence. In the course...
"Berenger Au Long Cul" and the Pastourelle
SCHOLARS have long recognized the role of parody in the MS D version of the fabliau "Berenger au long cul." Specifically, Roy J. Pearcy has suggested allusions to the epic cycle of Guillaume d'Orange and to the Estoire de Merlin for parts of the text,...
"Carlota's Lesson in 'Love Painting'": The Portrait of a Woman Artist in a Spanish Short Story
THE 1920s and 1930s were times of change in Spain. Events, such as the proclamation of the Republic in 1931, the outburst of the Civil War (1936-1939), and the influence of the avant-gardes and the utopian movements, created a society in motion and...
"Conto Gallego": Seduccion, Misoginia Y Sexualidad Femenina
ROSALIA de Castro cultivo el genero de la narrativa simultaneamente con la poesia hasta el final de su carrera literaria, lo que revela que no le adjudico un papel secundario. Sus novelas de temprana juventud, La hija del mar (1859) y Flavio (1861),...
Deception or Creation? Translations in Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Tres Tristes Tigres
IN 1965, Cuban wordsmith Guillermo Cabrera Infante wove a tale of diversion, deception, and disintegration entitled Tres tristes tigres. Cabrera Infante's novel detailing the nocturnal sojourns of four young men in pre-Revolutionary Havana questions...
"En Una Fortaleza Preso Queda": A Landscape of Political Allegory
THE various images of nature in the sonnet "En una fortaleza preso queda" (1606 or 1607) attributed to Luis de Gongora (1) produce a colorful picture which attracts the reader's attention and enhances his understanding of the poet's work. Figuring...
Fantasizing the Feminine: Sex and Gender in Donoso's El Lugar Sin Limites and Puig's El Beso De la Mujer Arana
THICK with tensions surrounding issues of sex and gender, both Jose Donoso's 1966 novel El lugar sin limites and Manuel Puig's 1976 novel El beso de la mujer arana have biologically male protagonists that identify themselves as "women," and create...
Lab Cannibals: Resistance and Contagion in Sonhos Tropicais
THE year is 1887. The precocious Brazilian medical student Oswaldo Cruz listens as his professor praises European achievements in microbiology. The lecturer pauses, takes a sip of Rio de Janeiro's drinking water, grimaces, then examines the cup against...
La Serrana De la Vera De Velez De Guevara Y El Romanticismo Incipiente
SE asocia a Luis Velez de Guevara (1579-1644) con la escuela de Lope de Vega en parte porque opone el honor del campesino a los actos arbitrarios de la aristocracia. Pese a tal parentesco, existen interesantes diferencias entre las dos obras de estos...
Memory Degree Zero: Notes on Jose Cardoso Pires' De Profundis, Valsa Lenta
IN 1995 the Portuguese writer, Jose Cardoso Pires, suffered a cerebrovascular accident, or stroke, which damaged the left-hemisphere frontal lobe, affecting his capacity to understand and use language (speaking, writing and reading), as well as his...
Poetic Self-Assertion in Jean Lemaire De Belges's 1506 "Les Regretz De la Dame Infortunee"
IN an oft-overlooked poem, "Les Regretz de la Dame Infortunee sur le trespas de son treschier frere unicque," Jean Lemaire de Belges, Burgundian indiciaire (1) at the court of Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) at Pont d'Ain, laments the death of Philip...
Sinfonia De Trincheras Y Rameras: El Violin del Diablo De Raul Gonzalez Tunon
EN el ano 2005 se cumplio el centenario del nacimiento del poeta argentino Raul Gonzalez Tunon (1905-1974). Segun Horacio Salas, su poesia es reconocida mas que nada por su actitud comprometida: "la ideologia tino varios de sus libros, transformando...
Writing Absence: History and Death in Borges's "Tema del Traidor Y del Heroe"
BORGES'S short story, "Tema del traidor y del heroe," manifests a marked concern with the intersections of history and literature, thus anticipating later postmodernist debates on history-writing as a purely fictional act. (1) Theorists such as Hayden...
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