Language Duel

ISBN-10: 0375713840

ISBN-13: 9780375713842

Edition: 2002

Authors: Rosario Ferr�

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"English and Spanish have been at war since Queen Elisabeth sank King Felipe's Spanish Armada in 1588," Rosario Ferré writes in the title poem of Language Duel; "Language carries with it all their fire and power." Ferré explores this tension throughout this explosive collection, which plays with the sensual differences between the languages and lays bare many of the complications facing an increasingly bilingual America. In these poems, Miami is celebrated as a modern Tower of Babel and a place where the layers of history are particularly palpable. Wave after wave of conquerors wash across the Americas. A well-dressed Latino businessman inadvertently reveals his roots at the Ritz when someone steps on his foot, eliciting a profanity--in Spanish. Intimate snapshots capture the nameless heroism of homeless men, the exuberance of a child's affection for her hometown, and memories of lovers. “El español y el inglés han estado en guerra desde que la Reina Isabel hundió la Armada Invencible en el 1588”, escribe Rosario Feré en “Duelo del lenguaje”, el poema que da t’tulo a esta colección; “los lenguajes llevan con sigo todo su fuego y poderío”. Ferré explora las tensiones entre lenguas y culturas a través de esta colección de carácter controversial, que señala muchos de los dilemas a los que se enfrenta hoy una América cada vez más bilingüe. Estos poemas celebran tanto la antiquísima ciudad San Juan como las metrópolis más modernas: Miami, Nueva York, WDC. Pasado y presente, historia y sociedad se mezclan con una inmediatez sorprendente. Ola tras ola de conquistadores estalla sobre Norte América; un hombre de negocios bien vestido inesperadamente revela sus raíces cuando alguien le da un pisotón en el elevador del Ritz y suelta una maldición. Fotos instantáneas de los deambulantes que se desplazan por las calles de la capital, el cariño exuberante que siente un niño por su ciudad natal, los amantes cuya memoria perdura en el recuerdo, el rumor de la lluvia en el patio de atrás, que lava el remordimiento: he aquí algunos de los temas a la vez poéticos y cotidianos que se recogen en este libro.
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

Rosario Ferre is a writer and educator. She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1938. Ferre attended Manhattanville College where she studied English literature. Ferre received a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon graduation Ferre took up the cause of Puerto Rican independence. She began a teaching career as a professor of Latin American literature at the University of California, Berkeley, Rutgers University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Ferre began publishing the literary magazine, Loading and Unloading Zone. In 1977, Ferre published the first of her feminist manifestos, Papeles de Pandora. Ferre's first book in English, The House on the Lagoon, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1995. Ferr� was a Guggenheim fellowship recipient in 2004.

Language Duel
Language Current
A Crack in the I
La Parguera Bay
Coming Up the Archipelago
The Humble Foot
Miami Is a City of Tunnels
The Bones of Conquerors
Juan de Onate
Saguaro Countdown
27th Floor N.Y.
La Dama de Elche
Spanish at the Ritz
A Beso Is Not a Kiss
Tongue Less
Latino Halleluia
The Poem
Words as Vessels
Almost Extinct
Angel with Copper Eyes
Snapshot in Black and White
Abandoned House
Second Millennium Santa
Brother and Sister
Walking Fountains
The Colonial Experience
Mary and Elizabeth
Pinot Noir
Twin Towers
Poems from The Two Venices
Rialta's Laughter
Channel Author
The Grand Canal
Death in Venice
Venetian Glass Beads
Hoffmann's Barcarole
Homeless WDC
Ode to the Unknown Soldier
Conceptual Art
The Shadow of Guilt
Tropical Storm
The Poem's Rumba
The Sea Faring City
Poems from Fables of the Bled Heron
To the Knight of the Rose
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