Gender, Discourse, and Desire in Twentieth-Century Brazilian Women's Literature
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Purdue University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
This book has been some years in the making. In a sense, it started many years ago, as I began reading, teaching, and writing about Brazilian women writers and their works. I wish to thank Fred Ellison, Maria José Somerlate Barbosa, and Matthew Bailey, who read earlier versions of this book at different times and offered valuable comments and encouragement ...
Introduction Brazilian Women's Literature as a Counterideological Discourse
Before the mid-1900s, the number of female names that were part of the Brazilian literary canon was rather small, although women had certainly engaged in writing, first as a hobby or as a private way of self-expression and, around the beginning of the twentieth century, as...
Chapter One Female Body, Male Desire
Twentieth-century Brazilian women's literature constitutes a body of ideological discourse that stands in opposition to the work of male writers who typically have rendered female sexuality as subservient to masculine desire. The best example of this masculinist perspective of the female body is Jorge Amado's Gabriela...
Chapter Two Brazilian Women Writers The Search for an Erotic Discourse
As I discussed in the previous chapter, canonical Brazilian literature by male authors often represents the female body and sexuality as subservient to male desire, and has shaped myths of femininity that originate ...
Chapter Three Representation of the Female Body and Desire: The Gothic, the Fantastic, and the Grotesque
While many twentieth-century Brazilian women authors have attempted to give expression to female desire in a way that is liberating for the female subject, often they seem to have failed, falling into the old pattern of conceiving female sexuality and the female body as subservient...
Chapter Four Sonia Coutinho's Short Fiction: Aging and the Female Body
Cixous, in her famous essay."Le rire de la Meduse" (1975; "The Laugh of the Medusa," 1983), in which she celebrates women's sexual, erotic, and linguistic differences from men, urges us to take a new look at the Medusa. She encourages us "to look at the Medusa...
Chapter Five Contemporary Brazilian Women's Short Stories: Lesbian Desire
In his groundbreaking book Sexual Textualities: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Literature (1997), Foster has pointed out that literary critics in Latin America have generally disregarded a tradition of lesbian writings by Latin American women (10). This is certainly true ...
Chapter Six The Works of Marcia Denser and Marina Colasanti: Female Agency and Heterosexuality
In the previous chapter I have focused on late-twentieth-century short stories in which lesbian desire is central to the narrative. It is important to highlight the existence of a lesbian tradition in literature by Brazilian women writers, in an effort to lift the silence usually surrounding the lesbian woman and lesbian sexuality in Brazil...
Conclusion Brazilian Women Writers in the New Millennium
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Brazilian women writers have come a long way in their representation of female desire, eroticism, and sexuality. From the first decades of the century with Gilka Machado's daring poetry, through the pioneering fiction of Rachel...
Appendix: English Translations
About the Author of This Book
Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2004
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
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