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Assimilation/generation/resurrection : contrapuntal readings in the poetry of José Lezama Lima

Author: Ben A Heller
Publisher: Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Canbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
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Cuban author Jose Lezama Lima (1910-76) produced some of the most enigmatic and important poetry in the Spanish language. He did this during a turbulent moment in Cuban history - a period of social unrest, radical change in political systems, and attempts at cultural self-definition. While some have argued that his poetry evades these circumstances, Assimilation/Generation/Resurrection adopts a contextual approach
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heller, Ben A., 1959-
Assimilation/generation/resurrection.
Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Canbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997
(OCoLC)609773287
Named Person: José Lezama Lima; Josʹe Lezama Lima; José Lezama Lima; José Lezama Lima
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben A Heller
ISBN: 0838753477 9780838753477
OCLC Number: 34358604
Description: 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A Contrapuntal Hermeneutics --
2. Encountering Ancestors: A Game of Mirrors --
3. The Influence of the Wind: Lezama, Vallejo, and the Artist as Witness --
4. Voices from the Beyond: Prosopopeic Intertextuality in the Origenes Years --
5. A Generative Poetics of Culture --
6. Poetry as Translation and Resurrection --
Epilogue: Brief History of an Afterlife.
Responsibility: Ben A. Heller.

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The challenging poetry of Jose Lezama Lima has not received the critical attention it deserves. This study rectifies the critical imbalance, foregrounding the poetry in a discussion of three issues  Read more...

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