Pasavento. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. VII, n.º 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 383-397, ISSN: 2255-4505

ABSENCE IN OLVIDO GARCÍA VALDÉS’ Y TODOS ESTÁBAMOS VIVOS

Bernardo Muñoz

berna.munoz@vanderbilt.edu


Abstract

This essay analyzes the idea of absence in Olvido García Valdés’ Y todos estábamos vivos (2006). The German philosopher and critic Hans-Georg Gadamer said that “the literary critic today faces the challenge of being able to identify, in contemporary creation, and amongst a myriad of imitations which are formally correct, the truly original, solid, and productive” (1999: 144). This article takes as a point of departure these words by Gadamer to analyze the place where García Valdés’ poems come from: the evaporated, scattered, lost. Following this idea, absence is suggested as the main theme giving solidity to these poems where it is present on four different axioms or parameters: (1) time, (2) language, (3) space, and (4) memory. Examining each of these parameters separately, but taking into account their possible interrelations, an evaluation of the thematic and stylistic unity of this collection of poems is offered as well as an interpretation for them as an answer to contemporary Spanish poetry’s concerns.


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Keywords

Poetry; Absence; Memory; Language; Identity

Reception Date

03.27.2018

Definitive Acceptance Date

11.11.2018

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