Severo Sarduy and the Neo-Baroque Image of Thought in the Visual Arts
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Purdue University Press
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No book, or any other creative enterprise, is done in isolation. While a particular person’s name appears as the author of the work, the undeniable truth is that for any book there are many authors—“silent” partners—as it were—without whom the project would not have been possible. Many have been...
Severo Sarduy’s work has never enjoyed the same level of notoriety as that of other Latin American writers of his generation like Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez. Instead, he remains what is often referred to as a “writer’s writer,” albeit one who, by that same token, has not been ignored by the academic...
Chapter One: Sarduy as Critic of the Baroque and the Neo-Baroque Figure in Science and Art
While Sarduy’s interest in the history of astronomy may at first sight seem rather odd for a postmodern writer, he was attracted to the topic from the position of an art critic/historian. Though he was not the first, he was interested in the way in which the scientific discourse of the Copernican revolution mirrored...
Chapter Two: Sarduy’s Figural Art/Writing: Writing/Art Body
While Sarduy alludes in several places to the possible application of semiotics to the visual arts, he himself does not develop these parenthetical suggestions. On the other hand, since Sarduy’s Barroco, La simulación, and Escrito sobre un cuerpo, and since...
Chapter Three: Big Bang, Klang Klang, and Painting
Numerous are the reasons why so many critics have stayed away from Sarduy’s poetical oeuvre. None of them, of course, has to do with the quality of the work, but with the difficulty in locating it: both in terms of time (that is to say, when they were written) with respect to the other...
Chapter Four: Colors, Bodies, Voices, and the Click-Clack of Theater
Joan Brossa called his plays “poesia escènica,” and that may be a very good way to think of Sarduy’s poetic radio plays, for that indeed is what they are: plays that are poems, written/painted with Kandinsky’s colors. Unfortunately, to compare Sarduy’s poems to his plays, most of them published...
Sarduy, a life-long student of art, knew and understood the Western European history of art from the time of the Flavian emperors (the subject of his master’s thesis at the Louvre School of Art) to the contemporary period, which included quite a number of artists who...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
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