"La muerte me da" and its Literary Representation of the (In)visible: an Alternative Approach to Gender Violence

Rachel Newland

Abstract


Physical and symbolic violencie represent one of the most contoversial themes of present-day Mexico, with its most poignant reflection found in contemporary literary production.  This displacement of both physical and discursive space reflects this violent and potentially destructive dimension that serves as the underpinning of relations between categories of both gender and genre.  One Mexican author who finds herself in a strategic position for mediating this complex sociocultural space is Cristina Rivera Garza (Matamoros, Tamaulipas).  Her novel, La muerte me da(2007), represents a mine of temporal lapses, broken images and intertextual references that create a distopic literary space that leaves the reader to question the stability and very existence of fixed categories, lived reality, and an exact reading of a literaty text.  It will be the goal of this investigation to explore the literary application of Judith Butler’s radical theory on gender, violence, and the (in)visibility of its victims to analyze the literary world of Rivera Garza as one of such unanticipated manifestations of violence reflected textually.

Keywords


violance, gender, Rivera Garza, Pizarnik, intertextuality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2013.12

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