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The Autonomous Sex: Female Body and Voice in Alicia Kozameh's Writing of Resistance

by Dantas, Ana Luiza

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis analyzes Pasos bajo el agua (Steps under Water) and Bosquejo de alturas (Impressions of Heights), texts from the Argentine writer Alicia Kozameh, as examples of an embodied l'ecriture feminine. The reading of the literary texts through the theories of French feminists Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Michel Foucault, responds to the main arguments of the thesis. First, women empower themselves through language within power relationships established in patriarchal societies; the empowered female language is written through the female body. Second, l'ecriture feminine is a style of writing not exclusive to women; it is part of heteroglossia and can be written by any person, regardless of the sex. Third, l'ecriture feminine is a legitimate voice in social discourses, deconstructs the male/female dichotomy, and establishes a horizontal and dialectic relationship between different discursive voices. Finally, heteroglossia contributes to the reconstruction of gender relationships.
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School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:alicia kozameh l ecriture feminine female body women writers dictatorship s empowerment

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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