A Life of Reading: the Readings of a Life: Joseph Blanco White (1990)

Revista de estudios hispánicos 14:2, May, 1990, pp. 121-142.

…Blanco’s Life is remarkable both as a text and as an event.  That is to say, the issues he addresses in the Life –the relationship between institutions and selfhood, or between orthodoxy and truth, for example—are themselves worthy of analysis.  At the same time, the history of the text –its embattled and almost aborted publication, its reception and dismissal as the work of a proud lustful wretch or a diseased mind, its “rescue” by Vicente Lloréns and Juan Goytisolo—engages in a fascinating counterpoint with those very issues described within the text.  In the pages that follow, I will attempt to transcribe this counterpoint…

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