Throughout the history of literary production, the representation of walls or metaphors of barriers figure as common literary motifs in many plays, poems, short stories and novels. Walls, barricades, fences or metaphors thereof, from a literary perspective serve as mirrors of society, providing a mimetic function and offering a glimpse into the socio-historical and cultural ambiance of the literary work. In this exposition, literary works by four authors will be explored in light of the appearance of a wall or metaphorical border and its political and theoretical significance in the cultural context of the work: ‘El cerco de Numancia’ by Cervantes, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde, ‘Casa tomada’ by Cortázar and ‘La playa’ and ‘El cuchitril’ by José Moreno Arenas.
|Keywords:||Literature and Society, Walls and Metaphors of Barriers, Cervantes, El cerco de Numancia, Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Da Jandra, Del negro al amarillo, José Moreno Arenas, La playa, El cuchitril, Cortazar, Casa tomada|
Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA
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