ISBN-10:
0791430359
ISBN-13:
9780791430354
Pub. Date:
08/01/1996
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Allegories of Transgression and Transformation: Experimental Fiction by Women Writing Under Dictatorship

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

by Mary Beth Tierney-Tello

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

Examines the dynamic relationship between authority and gender in contemporary, experimental narrative works by four Latin American women writers: Diamela Eltit of Chile, Nelida Pinon of Brazil, Reina Roffe of Argentina, and Cristina Peri Rossi of Uruguay.

At the nexus of politics and sexuality, Allegories of Transgression and Transformation examines how women's writing produced in the wake of authoritarian regimes in several South American countries simultaneously challenges both the effects of dictatorship and restrictive gender codes. The author examines the experimental fictions of four contemporary Latin American writers: Diamela Eltit of Chile, Nelida Pinon of Brazil, Reina Roffe of Argentina, and Cristina Peri Rossi of Uruguay. Tierney-Tello begins her study by exploring the particular relationships among authoritarian political oppression, restrictive gender codes, and the practice of writing. Then, through close readings that draw on feminist, psychoanalytic, and socio-political literary theories, she shows how each of the selected narratives illustrates different aspects of the effects of dictatorship, while also striving to develop new means of articulating gender and feminine sexuality. Throughout, Allegories of Transgression and Transformation suggests how the use of allegory allows these texts to question socio-political, genderic, and textual forms of authority and to trace an/other story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791430354
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Pages: 286
Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)

About the Author

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Wheaton College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Women Writing Through and Against Dictatorship:Authority, Authorship, and the Authoritarian State

Resistance to Authorities: Politics, Gender, and Women's Writing
The Crisis of Representation: Allegorical Possibilities and the Will to Meaning

1. Defiance and Its Discontents: Nélida Piñon's A Casa da Paixâo

Defying the Patriarch's Plots: Transgression as Narrative Strategy
The Patriarch's Puppet: Jerônimo and Marta's Critique of Masculinity
Marta's Script: Re-Plotting Gender and the Struggle for Authorship
"She saw her misfortune": An Allegory of Women's Writing

2. Treason and Transformation: Re-Writing the Margins in Diamela Eltit's Por la patria

Por la patria: Writing on the Dark Side
Literary Experimentalism: Por la patria's Political Erotics of Language
Textual/Sexual Transgression: Writing the Other Side of the Oedipal Drama
Re-Writing the Margins: Transgression and the Maternal Body

3. From Silence to Subjectivity: Reading and Writing in Reina Roffè's La rompiente

Subject to Censorship: Reading and Writing (in) Silence
In the Margins of Authorship: Subjectivity in Production
The Personal and the Political: Re-Emodying the Social Subject

4. Exile and a New Dream of Symmetry: Cristina Peri Rossi's La nave de los locos

The Possibilities of Exile: Loss, Otherness, and the Opportunity for Difference
From National Identity to World Citizen: Exile and the Socio-Political Context
A Dreadful Dissymmetry: Exile and the Gen(d)eric Condition
Masculine Impotence and a New Dream of Symmetry

Conclusion. Transgression and Transformation: Aesthetics, Politics and (Post-) Authoritarian Contexts

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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