‘Tu eras de mentira e ambígua’: images of women and the city in <i>Sevilha andando</i> and <i>Andando Sevilha</i>

Sara Brandellero

in On a Knife-Edge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589524
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595462 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

‘Tu eras de mentira e ambígua’: images of women and the city in Sevilha andando and Andando Sevilha

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This chapter analyses João Cabral's collections Sevilha andando and Andando Sevilha. Often juxtaposed to the North-East, the city of Seville featured prominently in Cabral's œuvre as an embodiment of life and defiance in the face of mortality, and the figure of the walking sevilhana as an image of empowerment is central to the first of the collections analysed. In constructing his image of women, Cabral's position as a postcolonial writer was not compromised, as testified by his dialogue with European writers of canonical standing centred around the female figure. The sevilhana's elusiveness also has important meta-textual connotations, and attention is given to her as a metaphor for language and writing. Innovative configurations of femininity discussed here are coherent with representations of the city of Seville and its inhabitants in Andando Sevilha, studied in the second part of this chapter, in which the meta-textual implications of representations of the urban landscape for our understanding of Cabral's evolving thoughts on writing are considered.

Keywords: urban landscape; Sevilha andando; Andando Sevilha; postcolonial writing; images of women

Chapter.  16139 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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