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Hispanic Research Journal

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Year: 2009 vol. 10 n. 1

Perriam, Chris. Latin American Poetry and Song.  / Poesía y canción latinoamericanas p. 52-55 América Latina
Chile | Nicaragua


This short piece offers an overview of Robert Pring-Mill's contributions to the study of Latin American poetry and song, with a particular focus on Chile and Nicaragua. It also points to some connections between this aspect of his work and his contributions to the study of Llull and of Golden Age Spanish poetry and drama.

Moran, Dominic. ‘Cuerpo de mujer’: Neruda's Sex Education.  / ‘Cuerpo de mujer’: educación sexual de Neruda p. 56-69 Chile
Siglo XX


This article aims to reconsider the alleged sexism of Pablo Neruda's early poetry, and in particular Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (1924) from an historical perspective. The first part deals with Neruda's involvement with the anarchist journal Claridad, the radically libertarian ethos of which extended to both the issue of women's rights in contemporary Chilean society and the question of the sexual repression of women. The second section examines what critics have deemed to be one of the crudest examples of machismo in Neruda's early works (the opening stanza of the first of the Veinte poemas) in the light of a whole series of similar metaphors found in many of the political articles that appeared in Claridad between 1920–1924.

Boyle, Catherine. ‘Gracias a la vida’: Violeta Parra and the Creation of a Public Poetics of Introspective Reflection.  / ‘Gracias a la vida’: Violeta Parra y la creación de una poética pública of reflexión introspectiva p. 70-85 Chile


This essay is inspired by and in dialogue with Robert Pring-Mill's 1990 lecture on Latin American protest poetry and song, ‘Gracias a la Vida’: The Power and Poetry of Song (C39), which analyses the work of Violeta Parra and Víctor Jara. In it, I seek to follow Pring-Mill's thought processes, which lead him from a subjective and imaginary engagement with the young woman to whom the lecture is dedicated (Kate Elder), to the prolonged consideration of two songs, particularly Violeta Parra's now iconic ‘Gracias a la vida’. Pring-Mill eloquently follows the move from the introspective to the public, to a sense of shared community that Violeta Parra traces in her song. It is this move that I then develop by close readings of her Décimas: autobiografía en verso (1959), placing them in the context of the cultural turns of popular poetry, and the genealogies to which her writing — and its study — belong. The essay then seeks to place Parra's work within a broader poetics that spans the popular, orality and the written, situating it in the force of wilful marginality from a state that is traditionally seen to disdain those that are beyond a narrowly defined centre.

Hispanic Research Journal
Paper | Numerical version with subscription | 5 números al año desde 2007 | United Kingdom Print ISSN: 1468-2737
Online ISSN: 1745-820X
Year of creation: 2000

Publisher: Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Queen Mary

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