Empire on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Mary Gossy has a PhD from Harvard University and is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Spanish and Comparative Literatures, Rutgers University and the author of Freudian Slips: Woman, Writing, the Foreign Tongue (University of Michigan Press, 1995) and The Untold Story: Women and Theory in Golden Age Texts (University of Michigan Press, 1990).
1. Verging On (Introduction) 2. The End (Joyce, Gibbon, Molly Bloom and Empire) 3. The Stain of Spain in Stein (war, love and the impossible dream of peace realized) 4. Wandering Wounds (Disabled Veterans Cervantes and Dr. Watson, war, woundedness, and new masculinities) 5. Language Butcher Dupes Dupin (violent reactions to the idea of “foreign” languages, especially Spanish, in Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue”) 6. “My Hispanism Was Only a Symptom” (Freud’s patient, the Wolf-Man, textualizes his symptoms around uncontrollable femininity and ethnicity in the historical context of the Anschluss) 7. Freud’s Spain (the trauma of exile elucidated by Freud with reference to Cervantes, Boabdil, and others) 8. “You’ll See Your Castles in Spain Back in Your Own Backyard” (Billie Holiday’s version of Al Jolson’s popular song alludes to medieval themes and to nostalgia’s relationship to conquest) 9. The Route of Writing (Don Quijote and primary school and other early lessons in reading and writing may help find another way of making history)
Engaging, theoretically sophisticated, lucid and convincing. This is outstandingly original.
Paul Julian Smith
University of Cambridge
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: May 1, 2009
Series: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 2