In Vizyenos's stories, femininity and orality constitute a conceptual unit, a world view, and a voice in direct contradistinction to masculinity and literariness. Vizyenos's exploration and problematization of the preceding categories suggests a movement from the oral to the written, as well as from the feminine to the masculine. Functioning at the junction of these two categories is a dissident and dissonant gender-crossing that in Vizyenos's texts appears at the narrative and meta-narrative levels, articulates the labor of transition, and ultimately engenders the texts. Although this movement may initially be conceived in diachronic or teleological terms, Vizyenos's texts offer alternative identities (linguistic, gender, and national) that are best conceived as modes of being rather than as essential or inevitable stages in personal, social, or literary development.


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