Literature and Culture: Political and Metaphorical Walls in the Works of Miguel de Cervantes, Oscar Wilde, Julio Cortázar, Leonardo da Jandra and José Moreno Arenas

By Polly J. Hodge.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.205-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.265KB).

Prof. Polly J. Hodge

Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

Polly Hodge is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Chapman University in California. She has also taught at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She received her Ph.D. from UC Irvine in 1995 and currently holds the position of Associate Editor for the bilingual theater journal Gestos: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico. She has published articles on photography and theater and on contemporary Spanish playwrights, as well as literary intertextuality and its metaphorical significance in theater.

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