The Crucified Mind: Rafael Alberti and the Surrealist Ethos in Spain (Monografías A)

By Robert Havard

Why is the Spanish enter to Surrealism so special and powerful? What do such popular figures as Dalí, Buñuel, Lorca, Aleixandre and Alberti have in universal? This ebook untangles the problem of Surrealism in Spain via targeting a constant characteristic in Spanish avant-garde poetry, artwork and picture of the past due twenties and thirties: its supersaturation in faith. A repressive non secular upbringing, normally less than the Jesuits, intensifies either the paranoiac and the paranormal - Surrealism's dual pillars - that have been already deeply ingrained within the Spanish psyche. amazing examples are Lorca's prophetic voice in manhattan, Dalí and Buñuel's Eucharistic changes, Alberti's Loyolan materio-mysticism. Alberti is the fulcrum of this research considering the fact that his poetry is going the whole distance of Surrealism's evolution from Freudian catharsis to metaphysical transcendence until eventually it expires in a Marxist response to church-bound culture whilst his kingdom convulses in civil struggle, the surrealist ethos in Spain isn't really reducible to measuring how heavily it imitates French idea. it really is 'more critical' than the French, says Alberti, and its bearings are came across on a go of psychological anguish and in a trip out of hell that made genuine artwork in perform. ROBERT HAVARD is Professor of Spanish, college of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Qué nuevas desventuras esperan a las hojas para este otoño? Mi alma no puede ya con tanto cargamento sin destino … [… What new failures anticipate the leaves this fall? My soul can not undergo this type of purposeless burden …] …¿Qué espero rodeado de muertos al filo de una madrugada indecisa? (303) [… What am I looking forward to surrounded via lifeless humans at the fringe of an doubtful sunrise? ] This bears comparability with Ortega’s metaphysical aspect that it was once in basic terms whilst Adam seemed in Eden that ‘comenzó esto que llamamos vida’ [there begun this factor we name life], within the experience that in simple terms the human size offers desiring to existence, morally, spiritually, emotionally and during affliction. fifty four Alberti’s imagery is much bleaker, even though, as is Maruja’s while she itemizes the array of gadgets to be present in this fetid netherland, frequently with a rhetorical panache that's similar to Alberti’s prose poems: as regards to the afflicted areas are the ruins, the fossil dens. at the damp stones the skeletons falling to items lose their symmetry among rotting fifty four See José Ortega y Gasset, ‘Adán en el Paraíso’ (1910), Obras completas, I, 480. final issues FIRST: SCATOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY 103 barrels and guitars. The stained maps disintegrate. less than a point of view of arches the in-rushing sea invades cellars. on the mouth of swamps decapitated corpses decompose at the smoking earth, the place brambles wither and bristles die, yet the place excrements flower and rubbish is glorified. the ability of this description owes a lot to its relentless stock of fabric items, however it additionally earnings from the seriously deictic presentation by means of a speaker who has assumed the position of witness. The insistent prepositional words have a locative strength – ‘Near to … at the … less than a … on the …’ – and during this they replica Alberti’s means of ubication stumbled on on the finish of Sobre los ángeles, for example within the awesome ‘Los ángeles muertos’ [‘The useless Angels’], a poem Alberti defined as a transcription of a Maruja Mallo portray. the following the poet deals a strictly paranoiac and materio-mystical thesis, teaching us to look for our previous selves within the junk of garbage dumps: Buscadlos, buscadlos: en el insomnio de las cañerías olvidadas, en los cauces interrumpidos por el silencio de las basuras. No lejos de los charcos incapaces de guardar una nube … Porque yo los he visto: En esos escombros momentáneos que aparecen en las neblinas. Porque yo los he tocado: en el destierro de un ladrillo difunto, venido a nada desde una torre o un carro. Nunca más allá de las chimeneas que se derrumban … En todo esto … En esas ausencias hundidas que sufren los muebles desvencijados, no a mucha distancia de los nombres y signos que se enfrían en las paredes. Buscadlos, buscadlos: debajo de los angeles gota de cera que sepulta los angeles palabra de un libro … Cerca del casco perdido de una botella, de una suela extraviada en l. a. nieve, de una navaja de afeitar abandonada al borde de un precipicio. (442) [Look not easy, glance tough for them:/ within the insomnia of forgotten drains, in channels blocked by means of the silence of garbage.

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