Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/290641
Title:
El genero y la sexualidad en la cuentistica de Ines Arredondo
Author:
Garza, Maria Alicia, 1957-
Issue Date:
1996
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The narrative of Ines Arredondo presents a wide range of themes that include insanity, the gaze, loneliness, revisionary representations of biblical and mythological stories and various representations of sexuality. This study considers gender and sexuality as ideological constructs in the following themes: male homosexuality, revisionary writing as a subversive discourse and the grotesque body presented as a subversion of the social order. An analysis of the following stories is provided: "La senal," "Las mariposas nocturnas," "Opus 123," "Estio," "La sunamita," "Lo que no se comprende," "Cancion de cuna," "Sahara," and "Orfandad". Each of these stories presents an unstable zone where there is always a social and/or moral conflict. A combination of theoretical perspectives by Louis Althusser, Lucia Guerra Cunningham, Mary Daly, Bernard McElroy, Alicia Ostriker, Tey Diana Rebolledo, Mary Russo and other critics was utilized to examine the aforementioned themes. Male homosexuality is one representation of sexuality that is apparent in the narrative of Arredondo. Homosexuality is presented as social conflict rather than in an erotic manner. The theme of male homosexuality serves as a criticism of how society demands the binary opposition of gender. Arredondo's stories show how there exists a conflict between what is accepted and rejected. Nevertheless, Arredondo's stories also present a feminine discourse that is subversive. This strategy is evident in her stories that are revised versions of biblical and mythological stories. The purpose of these stories is to subvert masculine texts that have dictated women's behavior and have constructed feminine subjectivities from a patriarchal point of view. Another subversive aspect of Arredondo's writing is through the presentation of the female grotesque. Arredondo gives a voice to characters who have been marginalized because of their appearance by their families. The families represent a microsociety which oppresses both men and women. Arredondo's stories exhibit the struggle between Self and other to portray a framework of societal conflict. The narrative of Ines Arredondo presents gender and sexuality as ideological constructs and through this perspective the complexity of human relationships is easily observed.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Women's Studies.; Women's Studies.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Spanish and Portuguese
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Tatum, Charles M.

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dc.language.isoesen_US
dc.titleEl genero y la sexualidad en la cuentistica de Ines Arredondoen_US
dc.creatorGarza, Maria Alicia, 1957-en_US
dc.contributor.authorGarza, Maria Alicia, 1957-en_US
dc.date.issued1996en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe narrative of Ines Arredondo presents a wide range of themes that include insanity, the gaze, loneliness, revisionary representations of biblical and mythological stories and various representations of sexuality. This study considers gender and sexuality as ideological constructs in the following themes: male homosexuality, revisionary writing as a subversive discourse and the grotesque body presented as a subversion of the social order. An analysis of the following stories is provided: "La senal," "Las mariposas nocturnas," "Opus 123," "Estio," "La sunamita," "Lo que no se comprende," "Cancion de cuna," "Sahara," and "Orfandad". Each of these stories presents an unstable zone where there is always a social and/or moral conflict. A combination of theoretical perspectives by Louis Althusser, Lucia Guerra Cunningham, Mary Daly, Bernard McElroy, Alicia Ostriker, Tey Diana Rebolledo, Mary Russo and other critics was utilized to examine the aforementioned themes. Male homosexuality is one representation of sexuality that is apparent in the narrative of Arredondo. Homosexuality is presented as social conflict rather than in an erotic manner. The theme of male homosexuality serves as a criticism of how society demands the binary opposition of gender. Arredondo's stories show how there exists a conflict between what is accepted and rejected. Nevertheless, Arredondo's stories also present a feminine discourse that is subversive. This strategy is evident in her stories that are revised versions of biblical and mythological stories. The purpose of these stories is to subvert masculine texts that have dictated women's behavior and have constructed feminine subjectivities from a patriarchal point of view. Another subversive aspect of Arredondo's writing is through the presentation of the female grotesque. Arredondo gives a voice to characters who have been marginalized because of their appearance by their families. The families represent a microsociety which oppresses both men and women. Arredondo's stories exhibit the struggle between Self and other to portray a framework of societal conflict. The narrative of Ines Arredondo presents gender and sexuality as ideological constructs and through this perspective the complexity of human relationships is easily observed.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studies.en_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studies.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanish and Portugueseen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorTatum, Charles M.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest9713437en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b34452655en_US
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