Reality in Movement
Octavio Paz as Essayist and Public Intellectual
Reality in Movement looks at a wide range of topics of interest in Paz's career, including his engagement with the subversive, adversary strain in Western culture; his meditations on questions of cultural identity and intercultural contact; his dialogue with both leftist and conservative ideological traditions; his interest in feminism and psychoanalysis, and his theory of poetry. It concludes with a chapter on Octavio Paz as a literary character—a kind of reception study.
Offering a complex and nuanced portrait of Paz as a writer and thinker—as well as an understanding of the era in which he lived—Reality in Movement will appeal to students of Octavio Paz and of Mexican literature more generally, and to readers with an interest in the many significant literary, cultural, political, and historical topics Paz wrote about over the course of his long career.
Chapter 1: The Rebel
Chapter 2: Revolution
Chapter 3: Mexico and the United States
Chapter 4: India
Chapter 5: Psychoanalysis
Chapter 6: Feminism
Chapter 7: The Left
Chapter 8: Conservatism
Chapter 9: Poetics
Chapter 10: Octavio Paz as a Literary Character
"Reality in Movement offers a bold and lucid discussion of Paz the essayist and literary figure. Armed with the same critical passion that was a hallmark of the Mexican poet's work, Maarten van Delden reveals aspects of Paz's oeuvre that have been neglected or intentionally overlooked by previous critics."
—Malva Flores, author of Estrella de dos puntas: Octavio Paz y Carlos Fuentes, crónica de una amistad
"Written in a lucid and clear style, Reality in Movement is the most comprehensive study of the Mexican poet available in English. From feminism to psychoanalysis, from Soviet communism to Mexican politics, this book covers the most important aspects of Paz's life and work."
—Rubén Gallo, author of Freud's Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis