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Gender, Discourse, and Desire in Twentieth-Century Brazilian Women's Literature
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This study by Cristina Ferreira-Pinto explores the poetic and narrative strategies twentieth-century Brazilian women writers use to achieve new forms of representation of the female body, sexuality, and desire. Female writers discussed include: Gilka Machado, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Marcia Denser, and Marina Colasanti. While creating new forms, these writers are also deconstructing cultural myths of femininity and female behavior. In order to understand these myths, the book also presents new readings of some male-authored canonical novels by Jose de Alencar, Machado de Assis, Manuel Antonio de Almeida, and Aluisio Azevedo.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction Brazilian Women's Literature as a Counterideological Discourse
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Chapter One Female Body, Male Desire
  2. pp. 8-37
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  1. Chapter Two Brazilian Women Writers The Search for an Erotic Discourse
  2. pp. 38-74
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  1. Chapter Three Representation of the Female Body and Desire: The Gothic, the Fantastic, and the Grotesque
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. Chapter Four Sonia Coutinho's Short Fiction: Aging and the Female Body
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. Chapter Five Contemporary Brazilian Women's Short Stories: Lesbian Desire
  2. pp. 113-142
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  1. Chapter Six The Works of Marcia Denser and Marina Colasanti: Female Agency and Heterosexuality
  2. pp. 143-158
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  1. Conclusion Brazilian Women Writers in the New Millennium
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Appendix: English Translations
  2. pp. 165-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. About the Author of This Book
  2. p. 205
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