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Asthma and its Symbolism: The Respiratory Aesthetics of José Lezama Lima

Rowlandson, William (2015) Asthma and its Symbolism: The Respiratory Aesthetics of José Lezama Lima. In: Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia, ed. Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature . Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-82390-7. (doi:10.4324/9781315741796) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:73627)

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the degree to which Jose Lezama Lima who was a lifelong sufferer of asthma incorporated the visions caused by asthma crises and treatments within his 'sistema poetico' and evaluates the symbolic resonance of asthma within the novel Paradiso. It focuses on the presentation of asthma in Lezama's works especially Paradiso paying particular attention to asthma attacks, the varying opinions concerning causes and triggers the effects of medication and treatment. The chapter describes the incorporation of asthma into a poetic mythology that shows Lezama engaging in a dialogue with asthma. Lezama himself remarks that he was grateful to his asthma as it allowed him to avoid obligatory sports at university 'he wanted to avoid sports and so he exhumed his old asthma like a flag with which he could cover himself'. The chapter describes that the poetic and symbolic language employed by Lezama is one of empowerment; it is a declaration not of illness but of wellness.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781315741796
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Jacqueline Martlew
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 11:00 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73627 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rowlandson, William: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3047-2696
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