Catalan Review

EL Cos És L'altre: Simultaneïtat i Tacte en la Poesia de Montserrat Abelló

Catalan Review (2012), 26, (1), 183–199.

Abstract

Echoing the voices of poets such as Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich or Sylvia Plath, Montserrat Abelló undertakes in Al cor de les paraules (2002) an exceptional reformulation of subjectivity and alterity through the body and, specifically, by means of her sense of touch and hands. Analyzing how female identity is reconceptualized under Deleuzian notions of nomadism, this article will focus on the role of corporeality as a dynamic site of alterity and place where several discourses coexist. Even though Abelló's notions of the body clearly reject pre-existing and archetypical representations, it will be argued that Abelló's corporeality engages with philosophical definitions that will open bodily metaphors and images to phenomenological interpretation. The analysis combines Merleau-Ponty's understanding of the experience of flesh and his concept of transitivity with Deleuze's notion of identity to unveil the poet's figuration of the Self.

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