The Dance of those that Remain, the Contract as an Adaptation Strategy in "Loco Afán"

Alejandro Rossi Brotfeld

Abstract


From the opposition between the concepts of masochism and sadism, this works analyze four chronicles of Loco afán: crónicas de sidario (1996) of Pedro Lemebel: “La noche de los visones”, “La Regine de Aluminios el Mono”, “Atada a un granito de arena” y “Su ronca risa loca”. Beginning from the literary etymologies of both concepts, I proposed that masochism and sadism describe how the social bonds are stablished. In short, masochism implies horizontal relationships (contracts) while sadism implies verticals. From this assumption, the general purpose of this work is to identify the kind of social bond (masochist or sadist) that the transvestites make in the chronicles of Loco Afán. I proposed that in the selected works the bond is masochist because the protagonist of the stories (members of a minor sexual and sociopolitical class) saturate their position of social exclusion through sex trade. Being aware of their marginalization, the characters develop a masochist relationship with others (occasional client). In sum, in Lemebel chronicles the contractual characteristic of the masochist bond produced by their characters through their sex trade practices allowed them to create a fantasy of legitimation regarding their sexual condition: the way the contract is produced in the texts always involves the body. It is concluded, paradoxically, that this practices that excludes the transvestites from society in first instance, at the same time, is the tool that is used to build their fantasy and inscribed themselves in the social network.


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masochism, contract, transvestite, body, Pedro Lemebel

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2015.85

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