In Her Words

Margaret H. Persin (Ed.)

Critical Studies on Gloria Fuertes

2011
324 pages
$90.00
ISBN 9781611480146

During her lifetime, Gloria Fuertes achieved the status of a controversial cultural icon, both through her poetry for adults and through her poetry, recorded readings, and television programs for juveniles. This collection of lively essays, by authors who specialize in contemporary Spanish poetry, approaches the works of Fuertes from various theoretical and critical perspectives. In Her Words speaks to the inherent complexity of Fuertes's poetry, as manifested in its ultimate indeterminacy and undecidability, yet attests to this poet's abiding value as the voice of the marginalized - women, the poor, children, all the invisible members of society - who were silenced during the years of Spanish dictatorship under Franco.

This book manifests the prescience of Fuertes's stands on a variety of social and cultural issues, from women's changing roles in society, gender and sexuality, identity within a society held captive by a dictatorial regime, to more universal themes such as love, justice, ethics, nature, and obsolete societal norms. In Her Words decisively addresses and ultimately rejects the Spanish cultural elite's inclination to disavow Fuertes's influence and reveals how her voice has shaped succeeding generations of Spanish poets and underscore the ubiquity of her verse in contemporary Spanish literature and culture. The subtlety and diversity of the essays included in this volume attest to the power of Fuertes's poetic creativity, her ability to appeal to a wide audience both in Spain and abroad, and her place in the contemporary Spanish poetic canon.

Contributors: Jasmina Arsova, Mark Bajus, Catherine G. Bellver, Douglas K. Benson, Brenda Cappuccio, Elena Castro, Carys Evans-Corrales (translator), Salvador J. Fajardo, Mary Makris, Martha LaFollette Miller, Margaret H. Persin, Sharon Keefe Ugalde, Reyes Vila-Belda, John C. Wilcox

About the editor:

Margaret H. Persin is Professor of Hispanic Literature and Culture at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

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