Corporeality in Mercè Rodoreda’s Literature
After having focused so intensely on the exploration of the many and subtle ways in which the bodies that populate Rodoreda’s literature appropriate, resist, rewrite and transgress social, political, cultural and aesthetic values and norms, bringing this study of corporeality to a close almost seems an impossible – and most certainly daunting – task. Above all else, this book has aimed to broaden the critical spectrum on Rodoreda by adopting an analytical lens that successfully integrates an awareness of socio-historical context with a feminist outlook. Thus, it is an approach that has opened up new critical avenues to the study of Rodoreda whilst at the same time uncovering how her work revisits and often rewrites Catalonia’s cultural environment and geopolitical space. Placing Rodoreda’s work in dialogue with a range of texts, media, modes of representation and discourses, I have been able to explore more deeply how her artistic vision is imbricated with and mediates material experience of the twentieth-century. Such recogni- tion of Rodoreda’s engagement with other media and cultural spaces is of the utmost importance, especially if one considers how literary historical readings of her work have tended to locate it within very narrow sociocul- tural coordinates. Generally speaking, such studies have seen her fiction either in terms of literary innovation, linguistic originality, inf luence and canonical impact, or have celebrated her construction of her own par- ticular world (based on style, thematics or characterization). However, there has not been enough attention paid to how her narrative interrelates and interconnects with...
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