Beyond the shadows of solitude: self, desire, and (dis)embodiment in Ana Clavel's Los deseos y su sombra

Lavery, Jane Elizabeth (2007) Beyond the shadows of solitude: self, desire, and (dis)embodiment in Ana Clavel's Los deseos y su sombra. Modern Language Review, 102, (4), 1053-1068.


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Mexican writer Ana Clavel's Los deseos y su sombra (1999) is a socially engaged text which explores questions of gender within a broad context. Its endeavour to challenge monological versions of historical truth and to reconstruct alternative conceptions of national identity is linked to the creation of a non-patriarchal conception of female subjectivity. The text's exploration of the female subject is analysed in the context of Kristeva's theories of the sujet en procès and the abject, applied specifically to the mother-daughter relationship, desire and (dis)embodiment, the role of the mirror in the construction of subjectivity, and the alter ego.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0026-7937 (print)
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Keywords: ana clavel, los deseos y su sombra, gender, historical truth, national identity, female subjectivity, female subject, Kristeva, sujet en procès, abject, desire, (dis)embodiment, mirror, alter ego
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 46093
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 October 2007Published
Date Deposited: 22 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:21

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