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UMA LEITURA DE ISOBEL GUNN DE AUDREY THOMAS NO CONTEXTO DO TRAVESTISMO NO DISCURSO FEMININO

by Garcia, Paula Pich

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The feminine cross-dressing is a frequent theme in the literary history. However, we do not find as much studies as the significance of the motif suggests, and most of them do not take into consideration its history. In this research we follow representative occurrences of the motif in literature, through a diachronic study of this figure. Presenting this panorama, we delineate a way to investigate the problematic in the feminine discourse. The cross-dressing, in this context, becomes a special tool to (de)construct identity possibilities of the female self.The narrative we analyze is Isobel Gunn (1999), written by the Canadian author Audrey Thomas. In the artistic perspective of this novel, Thomas presents cross-dressing techniques that disestablish the cultural notion of gender and promote identity autonomy to the female individual. In this study we observe how this sign, within a literary environment of woman in(ter)vention, makes relevant contributions to the contemporary feminist critical debate, like gender relations, the search for an authentic identity and the role and influence of narrative on these issues. When reading the text, we focus on the processes of gender technology, presented in Isobel Gunn with an approach that provides possibilities of interference and subversion in relation to the traditional view. The contemporaneous female studies and the principles of the modern hermeneutic are the theoretical support of this research.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Aimée Teresa González Bolaños; Eliane Terezinha do Amaral Campello; Susana Bornéo Funck

School:Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:travestismo feminino discurso estudos de gênero literaturas estrangeiras modernas

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Date of Publication:10/07/2004

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