Remembering Maternal Bodies: Melancholy in Latina and Latin by Benigno Trigo (auth.) PDF

By Benigno Trigo (auth.)

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Remembering Maternal our bodies is a set of essays in regards to the writings of numerous Latina and Latin American ladies writers who take into accout their moms, and/or problem our often held ideals approximately motherhood and maternity, with the intention to cease melancholy and depression. It means that the frequent violent melancholy and infrequently suicidal depression that haunts our tradition and society is the results of a negative myth concerning the manner we turn into ourselves. This delusion has a matricide at its middle, and this matricide will proceed to have its miserable impression on us so long as it continues to be in position and invisible. The authors showcased during this publication make noticeable this myth and alter it of their works to be able to deliver us out of our melancholy and melancholy.

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She raises her eyes to see a black buffalo in the distance that either sees her or feels her presence. As she watches the buffalo, its “blackened shape of tranquil fury,” she feels something white inside her, “white as paper, fragile as paper, intense as whiteness” (155). This “white thing,” “viscous like saliva,” then turns into “black blood,” a “bitter oil” (155), and she is caught “in mutual assassination” with the buffalo (156). In “Dies Irae,” one of her biweekly columns, Lispector describes her writing as a similar explosive rage, a growling organ language set against a world of semi-paralyzed humanity, and an angry and sad sound rooted in loss (1992, 53).

It is the remaining trace of a symbolic maternal body. Indeed, the description suggests an ambivalent movement between cutting or expelling and keeping or incorporating. In her writing, Lispector figures this ambivalence toward the maternal body as a movement between hunger or binging and nausea or vomiting. This ambivalence is the hallmark of Lispector’s writing. 28 Remembering Maternal Bodies Melancholy Witnesses Recent work on testimony and witnessing might offer a productive way to interpret the ambivalence that marks Lispector’s early stories and novel as two modes of melancholy witnessing to a matricidal limit-event.

From this perspective, it seems significant that Gregoria (along with the other servants of the household) survives the death of the mother at the beginning of the novel. Indeed, she might even be the nameless character who closes the door and dismisses the rest of the Moncada’s servants. Be that as it may, one thing seems fairly clear: Gregoria begins the process of disinterring and transforming the maternal corpse that starts the novel and startles the reader from the beginning of the novel. Maternal Jouissance 43 Ixtepec as Allegory Recollections of Things to Come tells the story of a terrorized town in the south of Mexico and of the desperate efforts of its loving sons and daughters first to save it and then to leave it.

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