Review Of "Representing The Other: “Race”, Text, And Gender In Spanish And Spanish American Narrative" By P. J. Smith

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The third in an excellent series in which Smith effectively applies contemporary cultural theory to the study of Hispanic literary texts. In Writing in the Margin (CH, Nov'88) and The Body Hispanic (1989) the author examined issues concerned with postructuralism and sexual difference respectively. The present book explores questions of race and gender while at the same time it builds on hypotheses developed in Smith's two earlier studies. Throughout is the author's firm conviction that gender, class, and race cannot be easily separated and therefore should be mutually considered. With critical strategies derived principally from European theorists such as Derrida, Kristeva, Cixous, and Vattino, Smith explores in a clear and unencumbered style the representation of the Indian in Rosario Castellanos, the Afro-American in Manuel Puig, and the Arab in Juan Goytisolo. In addition, he takes up the question of the possibility of a Jewish discourse in the Celestina as well as that of a feminine discourse in St. Teresa. Appropriate for undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty.


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