Mothers and nomadic subjects : Configurations of identity and desire in Laura Restrepo's La novia oscura
Martin, D., 2008. Mothers and nomadic subjects : Configurations of identity and desire in Laura Restrepo's La novia oscura. Modern Language Review (MLR), 103 (1), 113-128+310.
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This article deals with gender and subjectivity in Laura Restrepo's La novia oscura, in which Colombia's insertion into multinational capitalism creates homosocial subcommunities which briefly challenge patriarchal-heterosexual norms. The novel explores the mother-daughter relationship as part of a `lesbian continuum'. Its crucial resymbolization of the mother figure can be seen as a feminist reinscription of foundational fictions, and becomes a counterpoint to a psychic and physical nomadism, which, while echoing tropes of displacement common to the Colombian cultural context, also becomes emblematic of postmodern feminine subjectivity.
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