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All About EVE: "Réquiem por una muñeca rota", analizada en tesis de doctorado sobre literatura lésbica

All About EVE

martes, septiembre 05, 2006

"Réquiem por una muñeca rota", analizada en tesis de doctorado sobre literatura lésbica

Comparto con ustedes esta maravillosa sorpresa: se trata del anuncio de una defensa de tesis de doctorado de Margaret Frohlic, del departamento de Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas de la Stony Brook University, de Nueva York:

Stony Brook University
The Graduate School Doctoral Defense Announcement
Nationality and Lesbian Sexuality in Latina, Latin American, and Spanish
Narrative By Margaret G. Frohlich

This dissertation examines the relation of national identity to sexual identity in contemporary Hispanic novels and films of a lesbian theme. This diverse array of narratives eco each other in many key ways and share in common an historical stage in which national boundaries are in flux. Associated with waves of immigration and globalized economies, these fluctuations call into question the essential quality of other social identifications, such as gender and sexuality. The novels selected for this dissertation highlight the difficulties of affirming a marginalized identity in this context without repeating the same modes of exclusion that characterize marginalizing power relations. Negotiations between lesbian and national identity are evident in narratives from the 1990’s, such as Con Pedigree by Lola Van Guardia (Isabel Franc) and the film Brincando el charco directed by Frances Negrón-Muntaner. The interplay between nationality and sexuality in a context of cultural and spatial border crossings works to destabilize the binaries local/global and hetero/homo. Frequently a topic of lesbian fiction, the figure of the bisexual further complicates these facile oppositions. La insensata geometría del amor by Susana Guzner and Margins by Terri de la Peña explore sexual biases surrounding bisexuality and relate disputes over sexual boundaries with national border tensions. These novels reveal the complex relation of margin to center and how mechanisms of exclusion are perpetuated and produced in both sites. Lesbian fiction extends the topic of difference within lesbianism to the problematic ofdifference within language. This genre frequently depicts characters engaged in the act of writing, and the national inflection of this writing reflects the deterritorialization that characterizes a minor literature, as defined by Deleuze and Guatarri. The novels Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes by Lucía Etxebarria and Réquiem por una muñeca rota by Eve Gil further our understanding of space-time ontology and lesbian identity by emphasizing characters’ discomfort with the linear temporality that undergirds the historically intact nation. These novels indicate the epistemological constraints on various figurations of sexuality and suggest the need for a more nuanced understanding of the relation of national discourse to sexual discourse, one that permits their interdependencies.Date: August 28, 2006 Program: Hispanic Languages and Literature Time: 2:00 Dissertation Advisor: Professor
Lou Charnon-Deutsch


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