Art echo: María Zambrano and the Kouroi Relief

Benavente, K. (2013) Art echo: María Zambrano and the Kouroi Relief. Synthesis, 5, pp. 94-119.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the role of early Greek thought in the work of María Zambrano, a Spanish critic and philosopher who lived most of her life in exile (1939 - 1984). Zambrano incorporates Greek concepts into her writing as a means to question conventional Philosophy, not as an aim or télos, but as an uncomfortable dwelling that paradoxically leads into suspension and doubt. Key concepts and artistic figures emerge in her seemingly illogical reasoning (‘razón poética’) such as those arising from her work on the Greek ‘Kouroi.’ Zambrano refuses fixity in Philosophy, where logic and method can be rigorously apprehended. She gracefully takes another turn: by elucidating ancient wisdom through allusive metaphors and ancient ruins, she resists direct pathways into History and Truth. Her style takes after her thinking and can often meander into the realms of enigma, mysticism, and other unconventional forms of thought such as intuition and dreams.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Keywords:Maria Zambrano, Greek Studies, Philosophy, Spain, exile
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Benavente, Dr Karen
Authors: Benavente, K.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Journal Name:Synthesis
Publisher:University of Athens
ISSN:1791-5155
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Author
First Published:First published in Synthesis 5:94-119
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
536731Scandal, Spain and Letters - Female Identity in Gabriela Mistral and Spanish women intellectualsKaren BenaventeBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG090178MLC - HISPANIC STUDIES