Allegories of Transgression and Transformation: Experimental Fiction by Women Writing under Dictatorship

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Examines how women's writing produced in the wake of authoritarian regimes in several South American countries challenges both the effects of dictatorship and restrictive gender codes, looking at the experimental fictions of four contemporary writers. Draws on feminist, psychoanalytic, and socio-political literary theories to show how each of the narratives illustrates different aspects of the effects of dictatorship and develops new means of articulating gender. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791430354
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Pages: 286
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Women Writing Through and Against Dictatorship: Authority, Authorship, and the Authoritarian State 1
Resistance to Authorities: Politics, Gender, and Women's Writing 9
The Crisis of Representation: Allegorical Possibilities and the Will to Meaning 16
1 Defiance and Its Discontents: Nelida Pinon's A Casa da Paixao 29
Defying the Patriarch's Plots: Transgression as Narrative Strategy 34
The Patriarch's Puppet: Jeronimo and Marta's Critique of Masculinity 45
Marta's Script: Re-Plotting Gender and the Struggle for Authorship 54
"She saw her misfortune": An Allegory of Women's Writing 66
2 Treason and Transformation: Re-Writing the Margins in Diamela Eltit's Por la patria 79
Por la patria: Writing on the Dark Side 81
Literary Experimentalism: Por la patria's Political Erotics of Language 95
Textual/Sexual Transgression: Writing the Other Side of the Oedipal Drama 101
Re-Writing the Margins: Transgression and the Maternal Body 109
3 From Silence to Subjectivity: Reading and Writing in Reina Roffe's La rompiente 129
Subject to Censorship: Reading and Writing (in) Silence 137
In the Margins of Authorship: Subjectivity in Production 150
The Personal and the Political: Re-Embodying the Social Subject 160
4 Exile and a New Dream of Symmetry: Cristina Peri Rossi's La nave de los locos 173
The Possibilities of Exile: Loss, Otherness, and the Opportunity for Difference 177
From National Identity to World Citizen: Exile and the Socio-Political Context 185
A Dreadful Dissymmetry: Exile and the Gen(d)eric Condition 190
Masculine Impotence and a New Dream of Symmetry 196
Conclusion. Transgression and Transformation: Aesthetics, Politics and (Post-) Authoritarian Contexts 209
Notes 223
Bibliography 265
Index 281
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