Julián del Casal Criticism - Essay

Lee Fontanella (essay date December 1970)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fontanella, Lee. “Parnassian Precept and a New Way of Seeing Casal's Museo ideal.Comparative Literature Studies 7, no. 4 (December 1970): 450-79.

[In the following essay, Fontanella discusses the form and function of Casal's poetry series “Mi museo ideal,” which can be interpreted as an ode to French painter Gustave Moreau. The middle ten sonnets each focus on a separate painting of Moreau, while the first and last pieces act as framing elements that situate the collection as a type of museum or “temple for art.”]

Very few of those critics who have paid due attention to the Cuban poet Julián del Casal (1863-1893) have elaborated on their...

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Robert Jay Glickman (essay date 1972-73)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Glickman, Robert Jay. “Julián Del Casal: Letters to Gustave Moreau.” Revista Hispanica Moderna 37, nos. 1-2, (1972-73): 101-35.

[In the following essay, Glickman assesses the significance of Casal's correspondence with painter Gustave Moreau, noting that the letters served to battle the loneliness and despair of Casal's everyday life.]

Julián del Casal was one of the most sensitive and emotionally vulnerable of the Spanish American Modernists. Disagreeing with the values of contemporary society, opposing authority-figures whom he considered unjust, and moving farther and farther away from the Church despite his desperate need for religious faith, Casal...

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Ivan A. Schulman (essay date 1976)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Schulman, Ivan A. “Casal's Cuban Counterpoint of Art and Reality.” Latin American Research Review 6, no. 2 (1976): 113-28.

[In the following essay, Schulman presents a comparative analysis of Casal and José Martí's philosophy of art.]

It has been traditional to treat the life and art of Julián del Casal and José Martí as antithetical statements.

Si Martí encarna entre nosotros las nupcias del espíritu con la realidad, con la naturaleza y con la tierra misma, Julián del Casal (1863-93) significa todo lo contrario. Su incapacidad radical para asumir la realidad, que unas veces interpreta como signo de...

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Luis Felipe Clay Méndez (essay date 1979)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Méndez, Luis Felipe Clay. “Julián del Casal and the Cult of Artificiality: Roots and Functions.” In Waiting for Pegasus: Studies of the Presence of Symbolism and Decadence in Hispanic Letters, edited by Roland Grass and William R. Risley, pp. 155-68. Macomb, Ill.: Western Illinois University, 1979.

[In the following essay, Méndez examines the cult of artificiality in Casal's prose, tracing its literary and contextual antecedents.]

haz, ¡oh, Dios!, que no vean ya mis ojos
la horrible Realidad que me contrista.

Julián del Casal1

[Grant, oh, Lord!, that my eyes no longer see
the horrible Reality that...

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Priscilla Pearsall (essay date 1980)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Pearsall, Priscilla. “Julián del Casal's Portraits of Women.” In The Analysis of Literary Texts: Current Trends in Methodology, edited by Randolph D. Pope, pp. 78-88. Ypsilanti, Mich.: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1980.

[In the following essay, Pearsall analyses Casal's representations of women in his prose and poetry, remarking that his powerful images of women represented one of the major culminations of his poetic vision.]

Julián del Casal's portraits of women in prose and poetry were central to the development of his aesthetic world. There is a need to examine the way in which Casal's deeply ambiguous and fragmented attitude toward women...

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Priscilla Pearsall (essay date 1984)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Pearsall, Priscilla. “Julián Del Casal: Modernity and the Art of the Urban Interior.” In An Art Alienated from Itself: Studies in Spanish American Modernism, pp. 11-39. University, Miss.: Romance Monographs, Inc., 1984.

[In the following essay, Pearsall explains Casal's concept of modernity, tracing the influence of other poets, such as Baudelaire, on his work.]

Of all of the Modernist writers, none was more concerned with the problem of literary modernity than Julián del Casal. He wrote one of Modernism's most thoughtful definitions of modern art when he examined, in his review of Aurelia Castillo de González's long poem Pompeya, the European...

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Oscar Montero (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Montero, Oscar. “Julián del Casal and the Queers of Havana.” In ¿Entiendes?, edited by Emilie L. Bergmann and Paul Julian Smith, pp. 92-112. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

[In the following essay, Montero places some of the erotic images in Casal's writings within the context of the homosexual subculture of Cuba.]

By the end of the nineteenth century, the gentle reproaches of cultural patriarch Andrés Bello about the “melindrosa y femenil ternura,” [affected, feminine tenderness] and the “arrebatos eróticos,” [erotic raptures] of certain writers had paradoxically hardened into the ambiguous aesthetic of Modernismo, nurtured on the...

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