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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. In the words of one ancient hymn: 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 a vocabulary of insanity, or of evil and of the lynchmob to respond to these phenomena.

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Nancy Chodorow, Dorothy Antds, and Patricia Waugh [21] variously describe how in a culture in which the care of the children falls almost exclusively to the woman, the mother is simultaneously the first love, the first witness and the first source of frustration of the aantes. In order to identify herself permanently with the mother, the daughter must accept the absence of the phallus in herself as a permanent loss.

The attempt to revise the old Portuguese dictate faguundes a virtuous woman only leaves afgundes home on three occasions — to be baptized, married and buried — faced opposition on the part of the Catholic conservative faction, as well as its refusal to allow any link to be formulated between women’s oppression and motherhood.

When she was eight years old, Fagundes moved with her mother to Rio de Janeirowhere they remained for five years. First, for example, it may be true that there is only ever one mother, but, as I shall be arguing, a mother can be many things.

This return of the repressed is broached by Kristeva, in Powers of Horroras ‘the site of the Other,’ [36] and what she terms ‘abjection’ is, in Georges Bataille’s definition, which she draws upon, ‘the inability to assume with sufficient strength the imperative act of excluding abject things’, or otherness, an act which if achieved ‘establishes the foundations of collective existence.


Books by Lygia Fagundes Telles

Since Lillith worried the keepers of the canon, the process of pondering the mystery of the female killer has consistently found itself at a loss vdrde words. Suplemento do JL in Portuguese.

Balie the balle into the Symbolic demands the sacrifice of unity with the mother, therefore, within it men attain the compensation of power and self-definition, while women are debarred from true recognition. The mother is both all-powerful in the home and infinitely manipulable, omnipotent and powerless, adored and hated, everlasting reference and anathemic outcast. Telles’ most acclaimed novel, As Meninastells the story of three young women in the early s, a difficult time in the political history of Brazil due to the repression by the military dictatorship.


Books by Lygia Fagundes Telles (Author of As Meninas)

Nonetheless, Mary’s womb, too, rapidly began to prove worrying for a doctrine which from early on has been compelled to purge it of its essential quality, the gift of procreation, and to reduce it to the status, however glorious, nonetheless subordinate, of empty vessel, subject anttes the moment of its inception to the occupancy of the Father and the tenancy of the Son as the sole active agents of gestation: 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.

But what that Nativity story, more explicitly baioe others but speaking in the same voice requires us to do is to ask ourselves whose son is felles, whose divine Child, whose inheriting offspring. Views Read Edit View history. The mother holds absolute power of life or death over the infant, a fact which will not only lie at the heart of the nature of relations between the sexes in adulthood, but will also underpin certain contradictions inherent in fagumdes subsequently acquired conscience that the supposedly all-powerful mother is after all disempowered under patriarchy.

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain: Fantasy, disorder and horror replace orthodoxy, logic and science in Lygia Fagundes Telles’ virtual reality, and she offers us instead perturbingly modified fairy tales which inform the startled reader that at the end of the story Snow White and Cinderella, having stayed out all night, will not return to topple wickedness and reassuringly reinstate the status quo.

How could such a thing ever happen? Oxford University Press In the agenda that structures trlles 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 fagundess, here and now.

For a girl, the atonement for the involuntary matricide might lie in the subsequent surrender of life, in her turn, to a reproductive imperative patriarchal and patrilinear in many fagunves its aspects. Educated as a lawyer, she began publishing soon after she completed high school and simultaneously worked as a Solicitor and fagundss throughout most of her career.

Fatal Attraction, Adrian Lyne, dir. Language belongs to the Symbolic Order which itself encompasses the abstract relations of a given social network. At the core of this battle of conflicting ideologies and aims, the figure of the mother becomes increasingly shrouded in a confusion of contradictory needs and bxile that insistently cast her as that which most directly furthers the particular interests being promoted.


Second, if some of those things are, in fxgundes life, anything like the stuff of which the average mother in Lygia Fagundes Telles is made, it only remains to be said that one must be thankful for small mercies and in particular, in this writer’s case, for the uniqueness in one’s life of that species of parent. Playing Russian roulette with one bullet in the cartridge offers a one in six possibility of dying.

Be that as it may, what is certain is that the moment of expulsion from the Garden, east of Eden, is in Judaeo-Christianity the second moment of othering, of schism, in this instance between the realms of the godly and of the human, but a second moment so directly the consequence of the first one, of gendering or gender separation, between man and woman, as to be intrinsic to and dependent on it, resulting in a chain of prohibition or of deferral of reunion with the God-head, but also with the maternal womb of Eve, there and then declared culpable for the edict that condemns us never to go home again.

The usurpation of the procreative monopoly by men has arguably born upon the oscillations of gender power since female-centered cosmologies were toppled by male monotheisms.

During the oedipal crisis the father disrupts the dyadic unity between mother and child and forbids access to the mother’s body.

Lamas, Berenice Sica The mother becomes, in any attempt to understand the gender struggle in Brazil over the last century, a crucial signifying icon, variously invoked either by those who point to her traditional role as the safeguard and guarantor of a conservative perpetuity, or by those who, while paying lip-service to a conventional understanding of the institution of motherhood, invoked her importance as first educator of the nation’s sons, as the pretext for the expansion of all women’s rights to equality in education, employment, marriage and under every aspect of the law.

But in the case of this writer they remain unpunished. To this purpose, her female protagonists almost without exception compound their kinship bonds and social ties as sisters, daughters, wives, lovers and cousins of men with the added dimension of a motherliness which in the very moment of being established is revealed to be as pernicious — to the men — as was the disobedient action of the first Biblical mother in Genesis to mankind.