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Temporal Permutations in Octavio Paz’s ‘Piedra de sol’

Carpenter, Victoria (2011) Temporal Permutations in Octavio Paz’s ‘Piedra de sol’. In: Carpenter, Victoria, (ed.) A World in Words, A Life in Texts: Revisiting Latin American Cultural Heritage. Peter Lang, pp. 137-160

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Abstract

Octavio Paz’s seminal poem ‘Piedra de sol’ (1957) is, arguably, his most significant poetic work and one of the most studied by scholars and students of Latin American literature. In general, critics and analysts agree that ‘Piedra de sol’, like other poems in the collection La estación violenta (where the poem appears), represents Paz’s fascination with Mexico’s Aztec heritage. While I accept the validity of the argument that ‘Piedra de sol’ is a poetic version of the Aztec solar calendar, I would like to re-examine the poem’s complex temporal nature in more detail, and approach it from the point of view of quantum physics and its understanding of time. I have used this foundation previously to analyse the works of Mexican Onda of the 1960s-1970s, and the outcome of this application indicated that it may be possible to extend its use to other, more traditional and more frequently studied texts.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
School/Department: Academic Development Directorate
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1425

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