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Where, as is arguably the case in a narrative such as “Natal na Barca,” the logicizing mechanisms fail and the line separating Mary from Lillith ceases to prevail, the maternal becomes demonic, and by implication annihilatory.

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Blackwell,Pp. Hers Ancient and Modern: Language belongs to the Symbolic Order which itself encompasses the abstract relations of a given social network.

Until antibiotics became widely available to combat infection baiile the second half of this century, an estimated one woman in every three or four, depending on the statistical source, died in childbirth.

Brazilian Academy of Letters. Her writing utters the prophane, the transgressive, the desecratory, and through her Lillith-like onslaughts upon the male she at once aborts, castrates and kills, all actions which prematurely terminate life and pleasure.

Hahner, Emancipating the Female Sex: Methuen,P.

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Men have never tired of fashioning expressions for the violent force by which man feels himself drawn to the woman, and side by side with his longing, the dread that through her he might die and be undone.

And murder is the wrecking of the possibility of ongoing life, or immortality. An insight into the murderous nature of motherhood in this writer’s work, moreover, extends further into what arguably amounts to a gender agenda operative through desecration, since almost everyone of Fagundes Telles’ female protagonists in one way or another, through symbolic but more often real murder real although sometimes muffled through the devices of allegory, or horror, or the fantasticcommits a crime which has threefold implications: Views Read Edit View history.

She is always dangerous. In Lygia Fagundes Telles, however, an economy of sacrifice is reinstated and the sacrificial lamb, newly identified as the male son, becomes not the reaffirmation of the single Law, but the pretext for a new utterance with a heretical difference, whose consequences for the established order may be truly apocalyptic.


How could such a thing ever happen?

In this context, one may wish to inquire whether when Eve nibbled a piece from the apple, she bit off more than God could chew. Maternity as an event intrinsic to womanhood, itself, as I shall be arguing, a conviction at once old and old-fashioned, both in a Brazilian social context and in a wider Western Judaeo-Christian cosmogony, is, it will be seen, radically revised by Lygia Fagundes Telles in her highly idiosyncratic rendering of the mothering phenomenon.

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Playing Russian roulette with one bullet in the cartridge offers a one in six possibility of dying. Fagundes Telles inaugurates a permanent suspension of the Law of the Father and variously enacts replicas of a variety of erstwhile sacred rituals with a small heretical difference: The loss of the mother and the desire for her, pertaining as they do to a new consciousness of the phallus, are repressed and metonymically represented by the acquisition and usage of a language under whose auspices the capacity to say “I” is indistinguishable from the body of the mother.

In the agenda that structures the encounter between male and female, and, more particularly, between mother and son, throughout her narratives, there are, on the part of her female protagonists, no apologies for presence but merely a disruptive insistence upon that presence, here and now.

The latter, precisely on account of its power, does not succeed in differentiating itself as other but threatens one’s own and clean self, which is the underpinning of any organization constituted by exclusions and hierarchies.

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Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender. O ponto de vista. An understanding of the dynamic relation connecting issues of language, gender and procreation must be invoked here. If the phallus as signified has a central position in language, as it must do if language embodies the law of patriarchal culture, it follows that the access of the daughter to the Symbolic and to language as metonymies of culture and society must always be tainted by negativity, or at least characterized by difference.


In these writers’ narratives the old murder the young, children as agents of evil destroy innocent adults and women newly-cast as mothers embark upon the genocide of men reinvented as infants. But all of them are merely premature wreckages, untimely anticipations of the death which in any case is inherent in the moment when the mother, in giving life, gives finite life, life without the promise of perpetuity or eternity or immortality, a life that is therefore poisoned, initiated by a birth quantitatively but not qualitatively different from its deformed avatars of abortion, castration and murder, to which it is linked by the common denominator of inescapable death.

The central opportunity for self-deception [ In Portuguese we have a saying: Its classification as an abomination logicizes the manner in which it departs from the Symbolic and thus prevents it from being actualized as demonic evil From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Judaeo-Christian contemplation of the consequences of humankind’s banishment by God-the-Father tellew the prelapsarian non-womb of male Creation has on the whole tended to forget that in refusing the law of the Divine Progenitor and partaking of the fruit of the tree, Eve in effect rejects the idea of humanity as God intended it and originates in its place her own alternative, albeit flawed species, in a reversal of fortunes which surreptitiously restores demiurgic power to the female womb, and restores also bails some measure the female-centred mysticisms which bail the masculine monotheisms and were toppled by them.

If even the Virginal Madonna can become a killer, and, in ‘Natal na Barca’ ‘Christmas on the Boat’a speaking killer, a mother turned author on the theme of her offspring’s death, we have only anttes vocabulary of insanity, or of evil and of the fsgundes to respond to these phenomena. Previous to the advent of customarily practised medical hygiene, contraceptives and antibiotics, every time a woman had sex she contemplated pregnancy and death.