Show Less
Restricted access

Defiant Deviance

The Irreality of Reality in the Cultural Imaginary

Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr

This innovative study embarks, from a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, on redefining the «supernatural» as elements that fail to be framed as «natural» by their socio-cultural environment. The «supernatural» elements depicted in this study encompass such monstrous representations as witches, vampires, angels, virgins, apparitions, and other universally recognized reflections of human existence – though not all «supernatural» representations are seen as «monstrous,» but as physical and psychological embodiments of common human experience. Contributors to this project represent a wide scope of literary genres and eras, as well as differing theoretical approaches, united by the common goal of defining the «irreality of reality.»
Contents: Cristina Santos/Adriana Spahr: Introduction – Christina Santos/Adriana Spahr: Comentarios de Carmen Boullosa sobre algunos de sus personajes sobrenaturales – Olga Mendieta/Adriana Spahr: La fuerza curativa y el poder de las hierbas: Entrevista a Don Ruperto Araujo-Villar – Hugo De Marinis: Maravillas, portentos y magia en Cien años de soledad – Cristina Santos: Vampires and Witches and Werewolves...Oh My! – Olga Mendieta: Seres mitológicos guaraníes de ayer y de hoy – Maria João Dodman: «Diz-me o que comes e eu te direi quem és»: Food, Cannibalism and Identity in João Ubaldo Ribeiro’s Viva o Povo Brasileiro – Esther Raventós-Pons: La obra de Juan Rulfo: un viaje al «Inframundo» – Carolina Ramos: The Animated Forest: Reflections on Galician Cultural Phenomenon – Adriana Spahr: El mundo sobrenatural en la obra de María Zayas y Sotomayor – Dominique Russell: What the Centre Cannot Hold: The Defiant Deviances of El día de la bestia – Adriana Spahr: Realidad fantástica o imaginación fecunda en «El desertor» de José María Merino.