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       ISBN: 978-1-937030-03-2
            2011

 

by

CLARA JANÈS

 

(MADRID, SPAIN)

 

 

 

                                                                                                     Translated into English by

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                              ANNE PASERO

                                                                                              (MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, USA)

                                  

     

Ophelia’s Voice is a translation of Janés’ book La voz de Ofelia (2005), accompanied by a substantial introduction by Anne Pasero.   This book of Janés is autobiographic in nature, written in poetic prose, and recounts her return to writing following a six-year hiatus, after discovering the Czech poet Vladimir Holan and his A Night with Hamlet.   Janés finds her poetic voice again in her vision of Ophelia, in response to Holan, and this exchange will greatly affect her subsequent work.  In her introduction, Anne Pasero aims to shed light not only on this particular book but as well on the development of all of Janés’ poetry. To that end, in her essay she discusses the nature of women’s writing and autobiography, the meaning and importance of the Ophelia figure in Janés’ poetic evolution, and Janés’ literary relationship with Holan and its profound influence on her work.
           Anne Pasero’s work is the first of its kind in English and invites readers and scholars to engage in the poet’s writing process while also providing valuable insights into the complex beauty of the Ophelia text and the overall nature of Janés’ literary trajectory. Ophelia’s Voice thus promises to be a significant contribution to the field of contemporary Spanish poetry and to an enhanced appreciation of the rich complexity of Clara Janés.

 


CLARA JANÉS

is a well-known Spanish poet born in 1940 and still writing prolifically to this day, having published over 30 books thus far. She is highly regarded inside and outside of Spain and is considered one of the country’s leading writers. Her work questions and probes the essence of being while simultaneously exploring the nature of female identity and creativity.

 

ANNE PASERO

 

is associate professor of Spanish at Marquette University. Her fields of specialization include Golden Age Spanish literature and contemporary Spanish poetry, with an emphasis on women’s poetry and especially that of Clara Janés. She has published numerous articles on Janés’ work as well as the translation of another of Janés’ books, Rosas de fuego (1996).

 

 

                                                                                                                         

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