Cities in Ruins
The Politics of Modern Poetics
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Purdue University Press
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Ruins shape modern urban landscapes. They are both the effects of the real and the remains of the past.1 Skyscrapers, with their shiny, clean, complete look characterize the modern city. But decisive historical events constantly disrupt that “finished” scenario, interrupting...
2. Urban Ruins in Baudelaire's and Cernuda's Poetry
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Waste bothers us. Ruins overwhelm us. How can we make a distinction between waste and ruins in the urban landscape? Waste stinks, it causes disgust, though in some cases it even fascinates us; but waste almost never makes us melancholic, while ruins, on the contrary, may...
3. Cities in Ruins: The Burlesque Baroque in T.S. Eliot and Octavio Paz
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The etymological definition of barroco points to something extravagant or bizarre, a pearl with an irregular shape.1 The pérola barroca is the product of the Portuguese commerce with pearls in the East, a result of their explorations abroad in the early sixteenth century.2 ...
4. The Spanish Civil War: A Transatlantic Vision
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How can we address the broken historical memory of Spain? Can we cure that wounded collective self through the reconstruction of the past? Can we really “clean” the past to see its dirty hidden spots? ...
5. Pablo Neruda's Cities in Ruins: Poetic Histories from Madrid to Machu Picchu
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Modern poetry on ruins yields a map of how to read the historical and the literary pasts through its metaphors of destruction. Baroque poems on ruins commemorate Classical ruins and meditate on the decay of a historical space that has lost its grandeur. ...
6. The Effects of the Real: Reading Ruins in Modern Poetry
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Ruins unveil the uncomfortable historical legacy of the city. Ruins are often treated as disposable waste or as valuable sites for the tourist gaze, but modern poems ultimately see ruins as the effects of the real. ...
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About the Author
Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, University of Oregon, received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Her publications focus on Transatlantic poetics and film. ...
Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures