Poetry and Community in the Work of José Ángel Valente

  • Manus O'Dwyer University of Liverpool
Keywords: Spanish Poetry, José Ángel Valente, Community, Antigone, Judith Butler, Roberto Esposito.


This article examines the work of Spanish poet José Ángel Valente (1929-2000) in terms of his exploration of the relation between the poet, poetic language, and community. In it I discuss the tension in Valente’s work between a desire to create a language that would be foundational of community and the ethical commitment to alterity. I argue that the poetry of the second half of Valente’s career, which has been considered hermetic, or even solipsistic, can be read in terms of a contemporary philosophical discourse that seeks to think community in terms that are not exclusive of alterity.  


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Author Biography

Manus O'Dwyer, University of Liverpool
Manus O'Dwyer has recently completed a doctoral thesis on the work of Spanish poet José Ángel Valente at the University of Santiago de Compostela and is currently lecturer of Spanish Literature at the University of Liverpool.


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How to Cite
O’Dwyer, M. (2017). Poetry and Community in the Work of José Ángel Valente. Between, 7(13). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/2616
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