Travestismo lingu?i?stico [electronic resource] : el enmascaramiento de la identidad sexual en la narratva [sic] neobarroca de Severo Sarduy, Diamela Eltit, Osvaldo Lamborghini e Hilda Hilst /

by Kulawik, Krzysztof

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ABSTRACT: The dissertation analyzes ways in which stable patterns of sexual identity are transgressed in a series of contemporary Latin American novels. Attention is centered on the connection existing between a changing perception of the individual (sexual) and collective (political) subject, and evolving forms of literary expression as textual means of carrying out this transgression in the experimental narrative of Severo Sarduy (Cuba), Diamela Eltit (Chile), Osvaldo Lamborghini (Argentina) and Hilda Hilst (Brazil). The hypothesis points to the existence of a functional relationship between the transgressive sexual ambiguity of the androgynous characters, narrators and implicit authors who appear in each novel on the one hand, and, on the other, a narrative style characterized by exuberance and artifice (heavy use of ornamentation, poetic figures, imagery), linguistic and narrative experimentation, metafictional devices and parody. The analysis is focused on those stylistic and linguistic elements which disguise (or "transvest") the conventional binary patterns of sexual identity, i.e. femininity and masculinity. The novels scrutinize the process of writing as a symbolic means for attaining sexual ambiguity, which in itself can be considered a form of political and cultural dissidence. These narrative techniques find their roots in the 17th century Spanish Baroque and in Latin American colonial literary traditions. In
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School:University of Florida

School Location:USA - Florida

Source Type:Master's Thesis



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