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Beyond Containment

Corporeality in Mercè Rodoreda’s Literature

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Eva Bru-Dominguez

This book provides a critical and context-sensitive reading of corporeality in the narrative fiction of Mercè Rodoreda, through the perspectives of art and film theory, feminism, literary criticism, spatial studies, and nationalist theory. The text approaches Rodoreda as a Catalan woman writer whose work engages with and explores formulaic and normative notions of the gendered body in a particular cultural, geographical and political space. The study covers four main areas: corporeality as surface, image and texture; the relationship between the body and space; the idea of the culturally and politically constructed body as limit; and the concept of the abject or open body. The author places Rodoreda’s work in dialogue with a range of texts, media, modes of representation and discourses in order to examine how her artistic vision is both integrated with and a mediator of material experience in the twentieth century.

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abjection 27–9, 162–4, 193–4, 199–202 and aesthetics 61–2 and the body 66, 79, 173 and the city 116, 11 and death 155 and femininity 190, 193, 195 and the in-between 114 and the maternal body 27–9, 128, 156, 160, 177 and monstrosity 186 aesthetics 6, 31–57, 136, 203 of the female form 8, 31, 36, 40–7, 78–9 judgement of 60–1 twentieth-century 8, 47–66, 101, 103 and violence 160 see also female nude; painting animal-becoming 163, 174 Arkinstall, Christine on modernism in Rodoreda 34, 46, 51, 54, 89, 108 on the nation 154, 159, 160, 165, 185 on the prostitute 18, 104, 114–15, 131 on violence 150 on ways of viewing 131, 134, 139 on woman writers 145, 183 Arnau, Carme 13, 34, 46, 81, 134, 136, 142, 159, 165, 180 Art Nouveau 38 avant-garde 54 and Rodoreda 53, 64, 65, 128, 145 Barcelona 15, 37, 49, 88, 89, 100, 105–8, 112, 118–19, 124, 131–3, 146, 204 and Mercè Rodoreda 4, 5, 70, 122, 161 see also space, urban Beauvoir, Simone de 22 becoming, concept of 113, 140–1 Ben Plantada, La 52, 55–6, 62 Berger, John 9, 25, 129, 133, 136, 141, 143 Bergson, Henri 95 body theory 22–9 see also corporeality; feminism border 82, 173, 184–6, 205 in art 61 body as 6–7, 28, 48, 199 nation and 27, 69, 151, 164, 188 and space 88, 119, 140, 168 see...

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