The narrated body in The Buenos Aires affair and O centauro no jardim
Maddox, John Thomas
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Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair and Scliar’s O Centauro no Jardim describe bodies and identities that constantly change due to pressures, drives, crises, and violence. They identify and exaggerate the codes that describe the body in terms of gender and race. They show bodies that rebel against the homogenizing norms of society. They represent political violence and censorship in the Post-War period in Latin America and how it affects individuals’ bodies and subjectivities. To support my analysis, I use the gender theories of Grosz, Butler, Marcus, Quiroga, and Balderston. I incorporate the observations of Vieira and Szklo regarding Jewish images in Scliar’s work. I dialogue with the representations of psychoanalysis in the texts regarding how the body is described. I read the bodies in these texts as political, rebellious, and unstable.