Mutations transgressive: the fantastic body in two tales Myriam Bustos and Carmen Naranjo

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In the last four decades, the fantastic has become an instrument of transgression, a literary device to subvert the cultural codes that shape social and political reality in Latin America. A significant number of women writers have used the fantastic to challenge the patriarchal values and ideological narratives which have given meaning and defined female reality in many Latin American countries.
In the light of Christine Brooke-Rose proposition regarding allegory and the fantastic, and critical proposals from feminist theorists (Susan Bordo and Anne Cranny-Francis), this article discusses two short stories, “Simbiosis del encuentro” by Carmen Naranjo and “Mutante” by Myriam Bustos, as paradigmatic examples of this allegorical modality of the fantastic. Both texts introduce the fantastic as a metaphorical tool to challenge and re-interpret patriarchal discourses on the female body and identity. Both Naranjo and Bustos propose in their short stories a transgression of the limits and constrains imposed on women’s bodies by the dominant male discourse.
Translated title of the contributionMutations transgressive: the fantastic body in two tales Myriam Bustos and Carmen Naranjo
LanguageSpanish
Pages243-260
Number of pages17
JournalAnales - Instituto Ibero Americano
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Mutation
Discourse
Transgression
Short Story
Women Writers
Theorists
Female Body
Modality
Allegory
Cultural Codes
Paradigmatics
Literary Devices
Latin America

Keywords

  • Myriam Bustos
  • Carmen Naranjo

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