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Volume 6 | Spring 2008


Southern Discomfort: Two Southern Hemisphere Novels

Norma Kaminsky

This article discusses André Brink's A Dry White Season and Marta Traba's Conversación al sur. Both novels are about the political repression that took place in South Africa and South America, respectively, in the 1970s. While they are not historical novels, they both constitute representations of the violence of those times (representations that turned out to be quite accurate, as the truth commissions of both South Africa and Argentina found out years later). These are works of fiction that are a prime example of what Barbara Harlow has called "resistance literature".... Full Article>



Discourse and the Crisis of Postmodernity: Heterogeneity and Heteroglossia in El beso de la mujer araña and J R

David King

In contrast to the revolutionary idealism of the 1960s, the 1970s proved a grim period of crisis in both the United States and Argentina. As the U.S. witnessed political debacles and a tanking economy, Argentina was dominated a series of authoritarian regimes that repressed its population through disappearance, torture, and murder. While these histories seem distinct on the surface, both are rooted in the shifting economic and political logics of the critical transition from modernity to postmodernity, high-capitalism to late-capitalism.... Full Article>



Translation of selected poems from Giusi Quarenghi's Tiramore

Kathleen Sharp

The title of Giusi Quarenghi's latest book of poetry, Tiramore, is a dialectal word from Bergamasco meaning 'spider webs' with a play on the Italian words 'tira' (pull or draw out) and 'amore' (love). The author explains in a textual note that spider webs, created upon emptiness, connect distant points and are proof of continuity in the face of fracture. As the only title throughout the entire work it becomes the only context for the poems, as well as a key to interpretation. Tiramore is a collection of spider webs woven by the author from nothing in order to pull or extract love, whether a discussion on love or an expression of love. This essay explores how Giusi Quarenghi's poetry explores themes of light, silence, space and time with this scope of drawing out love.... Full Article>



The Anarchist and the Antichrist: Sanity, Social Structure, and Setting in Moby Dick & The Seven Madmen

Vered Weiss

We are about to embark on a voyage upon a rough sea of sanity and social boundaries, for I attempt to show that Moby Dick and The Seven Madmen both operate on a twofold parallel dimension, where the monstrous functions as a metaphor for both the personal and communal struggle to (re)create and (re)construct social and moral boundaries. I focus on the ways in which Herman Melville and Roberto Arlt manipulate the 'monstrous Other' in order to shed new light upon the location of social boundaries. I examine how the different settings of the two novels interplay with these two issues, and argue that the setting in both novels is crucial for the reconstruction of social boundaries.... Full Article>



Dying to Live: The Dilemma of Irigaray's Plural Woman in This Sex Which is Not One

Christopher Zepeda

The purpose of this project is to explore the relationship between voluntary death (suicide) and Luce Irigaray's theory of the plural Woman in her essay This Sex Which is Not One. By doing so, I hope to explicate the dilemma of trying to embrace such polymorphousness. Ultimately, by reading the iconic suicidal poetry of Sylvia Plath, and American, and Pablo Neruda, a Chilean, I hope to shed light on the paradox of Irigaray's call to action. The point of departure for this essay will be Irigaray's essay and will then follow with a reading of a comparative analysis of Plath and Neruda, eventually concluding that Woman cannot embrace her plural identity without first committing self-murder..... Full Article>


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