Peixoto 1991 Rape

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Author: Marta Peixoto

Title: Rape and Textual Violence in Clarice Lispector

Subtitle: -

In: Rape and Representation

Edited by: Lynn A. Higgins and Brenda R. Silver

Place: New York, NY and Oxford

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Year: 1991

Pages: 182-203

Series: Gender and Culture

ISBN-10: 023107266X – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Brazilian History | Representations: Literature / Clarice Lispector



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Author: Marta C. Peixoto, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, New York University

Abstract: »The essays in part 3, Writing the Victim–to borrow a phrase from Marta Peixoto's essay–focus more explicitly on the ways in which literary or critical strategies contribute to the social and narrative acts of victimization they wish to expose. ... In Peixoto's essay on Clarice Lispector, we are presented with an author, a woman, who writes the issue of complicity into her text, allowing no distance between author, narrator, and reader: all are implicated in different ways. Nevertheless, Peixoto also notes that Lispector "refuses to naturalize the oppression of one class or gender or race by another or, for that matter, to see human life in heroic terms,", leading us to ask whether this refusal is an example of a "feminine difference" and whether it suggests a high level of racial and class self-consciousness in Brazilian society.« (Source: Lynn A. Higgins and Brenda R. Silver. »Introduction: Rereading Rape.« Rape and Representation. Edited by Lynn A. Higgins et al. New York 1991: 6)

Reprint in: Peixoto, Marta. Passionate Fictions: Gender, Narrative, and Violence in Clarice Lispector. Minneapolis 1994: Chapter 5.

Wikipedia: Clarice Lispector: Family Ties (story collection), The Hour of the Star


Added: February 1, 2003 – Last updated: December 20, 2014