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The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado’s "Proverbios Y Cantares"

Antonio Machado (1875–1939) was one of Spain’s most original and renowned twentieth-century poets. In this volume, Nicolás Fernández-Medina focuses on Machado’s folkloric “Proverbios y cantares,” a collection of short, proverbial poems that he wrote between 1909 and 1937. Through close examination of the poems, Fernández-Medina shows Machado’s great debt to earlier writers and thinkers, such as Plato, Kant, Schlegel, and Unamuno.

214 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

Iberian and Latin American Studies

History: European History


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"This handsome, hardback tome, with its most appropriate and sumptuous front cover depicting Rubens’ Cain Slaying Abel sets matters right [on Machado’s 'Proverbios y cantares'] . . . This splendid book . . . shows that the finite inquiry into the works of Antonio Machado is far from being exhausted. This text is a serious and welcome contribution to that process."

Philip G. Johnston, University College Dublin

"Fernández-Medina’s thorough and well-researched study places the spotlight on a largely unexplored facet and corpus of Antonio Machado’s poetic production, namely his shorter, more proverbial texts . . . [The Poetics of Otherness] will surely be an excellent resource for students and scholars of Spanish literature as well as those interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the philosophical, intellectual and social climate in which Machado wrote his poetry."

Paul H. Cahill, Pomona College

"En la copiosísima bibliografía sobre la obra de Antonio Machado, 'Proverbios y cantares' es, con diferencia, la parte menos estudiada.  De ahí que el presente estudio sea una contribución que se suma a los escasos trabajos, algunos recientes. . . con el propósito de corregir esta laguna. . . Acierta [Fernández-Medina] en aproximarse a los 'Proverbios y cantares' interesándose por el problema del otro."

Reyes Vila-Belda, Indiana University

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword

Introduction: Beyond the Lyrical and the Proverbial: Antonio Machado’s Poetic Thinking
Chapter 1: The Problem of Subjectivity: How to Know the Self and the Other
Chapter 2: Towards Conceiving the Other: The Formative Years
Chapter 3: From Art to Life: Critical Inquiries and a New Poetry
Chapter 4: The God of Intersubjectivity
Chapter 5: The Double Bind of Knowledge and Ignorance

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