Encounters with the feminine sublime in Clarice Lispector's Uma aprendizagem ou O livro dos prazeres and Cristina Rivera Garza's La cresta de Ilión Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Garonzik, Rebecca R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • This study uses Barbara Claire Freeman's theory of the feminine sublime and Thomas Weiskel's theory of the Romantic sublime as a theoretical framework to explore the feminine sublime and its manifestations in Uma aprendizagem ou O livro dos prazeres (1969) by Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) and La cresta de Ilión (2002) by Cristina Rivera Garza (1964-). My analysis of Lispector's Uma aprendizagem, shows that both the Romantic and feminine sublimes are manifested in the protagonist's journey of self-discovery and in the novel's elusive textual style, and identifies the role of heterosexuality as a dominant paradigm in the text. I also demonstrate the way in which, in La cresta de Ilión, Rivera Garza re-visits the themes of self-discovery and the feminine sublime from within the context of contemporary gender theory, in effect transforming--or queering--this mainstay of feminist literature.
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