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La madre muerta / The Dead Mother : El mito matricida en la literatura y el cine espanoles / The Myth
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Drawing on feminist psychoanalysis and Greek mythology, La madre muerta explores how matricide and unconscious matricidal fantasies have been portrayed in Spanish narrative, drama, and film. The book examines individual and social perceptions regarding gendered subjectivity, the operation of power relations, gender violence, and the economies of desire. It provides a comparative study of different theoretical approaches to matricide and a close reading of five films—Furtivos (1975) by Jose Luis Borau, Sonambulos (1978) by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, La madre muerta (1993) by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, La madre (1995) by Miguel Bardem, and Los ojos de Julia (2010) by Guillem Morales; three novels—La familia de Pascual Duarte (1942) by Camilo Jose Cela, Isabel and Maria (1992) by Merce Rodoreda, and La intimidad (1997) by Nuria Amat; and two plays—Clitemnestra (1986) by Maria Jose Rague i Arias, and La reivindicacio de la senyora Clito Mestres (1990) by Monserrat Roig. This study attempts to unveil the mechanisms by which the matricidal myth has been introduced and continues operative in twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish literature and film. It also explores the process of continuous reprojection of a phobic, monstrous mother figure associated with danger, persecution, and abjection, and suggests that the male fantasy of matricide does not necessarily reveal itself in the literal murder of the mother, but it is projected onto other women, thus leading to various acts of gender violence. In this study, Gomez claims that the absence of a positive symbolic mediation with the maternal body is detrimental for the configuration of gendered identities.
Number of Pages: 215
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
Author: Maria Asuncion Gomez
Street Date: December 15, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-7045
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