Confesiones íntimas, opresión universal: Los nudos del silencio, de Renée Ferrer

by Borges, Mara Pereira

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis analyses three topics in Renée Ferrer’s first novel Los nudos del silencio: silence, body and memory. Within these three themes, Ferrer emphasizes the idea that oppression of women by men is independent of geographical location or cultural background. The interplay between the two female protagonists highlights the universality of oppression against women. Although the novel focuses primarily on women’s concerns, Ferrer also denounces the abuse of political and personal power in all contemporary societies. The novel takes place during the cruel dictatorship of Paraguayan Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989) and the character Manuel (Malena’s husband) plays the role of a torturer. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the way in which the novel develops from the very subjective confessions of the two female characters (a housewife locked in a repressive matrimony and a Vietnamese prostitute, the victim of sexual abuse) to a universal denunciation of human oppression.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:paraguayan literature los nudos del silencio silence body memory


Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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