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The Case of Alma Rubens or the Trans-gendered Imagination in José Manuel Poveda


The sparse scholarship on José Manuel Poveda's feminine heteronym, Alma Rubens, has emphasized the innovative style and racy content of his/her twenty-four prose poems or poemetos. But the heteronymic process as it is revealed in Rubens's debut poem, "Agua profunda y escondida" and the three chronicles in which Poveda introduces and describes Rubens have not been closely analyzed. Because Rubens is imagined as a woman, as sexually androgynous, as object of Poveda's desire, and as the creator of a new poetry, heteronymic embodiment here affords an opportunity for creative expansion and it issues a challenge to stable notions of gender identity and artistic subjectivity.

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