Irene Gómez-Castellano (Valencia, Spain, 1979) Irene Gómez Castellano specializes in Modern and Contemporary Iberian literature, with a focus on poetry and visual studies. Her works explore aesthetic and social questions in canonical and non-canonical texts by applying as theoretical frameworks methodologies from other disciplines in the humanities such as music, art and cinema. Irene Gómez Castellano is the author of a book, La cultura de las máscaras (Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012) and is the co-editor, with Aurélie Vialette, of the volume Dissonances of Modernity: Music, Text and Performance in Modern Spain. Her articles have appeared in venues such as the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Catalan Review, Dieciocho, and Goya: Revista de arte. She is the author of the collection of poems Natación (Leiden: Bokeh-Almenara, 2015) and has been the recipient of the Premio Victoria Urbano de Creación awarded by the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica.
Swimming leads us through the distinct phases of a woman’s life, raising us with her to the wave’s crest, only to plunge us to the depths of solitude. The demands society places on women, the roles they are expected to play, are juxtaposed with those of the poet, who – like trading an iridescent tail for feet and a pair of high heels – must fit her...Stock available