Sexuality and Being in the Poststructuralist Universe of Clarice Lispector: The Différance of Desire

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University of Texas Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 246 pages
"Fitz is a well-established scholar whose work on Lispector is highly respected, and this is a well-focused and very knowledgeable study. One of the things I particularly like about this book is that it makes a case for reading Lispector in the light of poststructuralist theory without overwhelming the reader." --Debra A. Castillo, Professor of Romance Studies and Director of Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University Driven by an unfulfilled desire for the unattainable, ultimately indefinable Other, the protagonists of the novels and stories of acclaimed Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector exemplify and humanize many of the issues central to poststructuralist thought, from the nature of language, truth, and meaning to the unstable relationships between language, being, and reality. In this book, Earl Fitz demonstrates that, in turn, poststructuralism offers important and revealing insights into all aspects of Lispector's writing, including her style, sense of structure, characters, themes, and socio-political conscience. Fitz draws on Lispector's entire oeuvre--novels, stories, cronicas, and children's literature--to argue that her writing consistently reflects the basic tenets of poststructuralist theory. He shows how Lispector's characters struggle over and humanize poststructuralist dilemmas and how their essential sense of being is deeply dependent on a shifting, and typically transgressive, sense of desire and sexuality.

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Elizabeth Lowe, associate director and associate scholar in the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, is the author of "The City in Brazilian Literature. "She has translated works by Machado de Assis, Clarice Lispector, and Antonio Lobo Antunes. Earl E. Fitz is professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of "Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context, "and has translated works by Clarice Lispector, Lima Barreto, and Enrique Lefevre.

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