Sexuality and Being in the Poststructuralist Universe of Clarice Lispector: The Différance of Desire

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byEarl E. Fitz

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Driven by an unfulfilled desire for the unattainable, ultimately indefinable Other, the protagonists of the novels and stories of acclaimed Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector exemplify and humanize many of the issues central to poststructuralist thought, from the nature of language, truth, and meaning to the unstable relationships between language, being, and reality. In this book, Earl Fitz demonstrates that, in turn, poststructuralism offers important and revealing insights into all aspects of Lispector's writing, including her style, sense of structure, characters, themes, and socio-political conscience.

Fitz draws on Lispector's entire oeuvre—novels, stories, crônicas, and children's literature—to argue that her writing consistently reflects the basic tenets of poststructuralist theory. He shows how Lispector's characters struggle over and humanize poststructuralist dilemmas and how their essential sense of being is deeply dependent on a shifting, and typically transgressive, sense of desire and sexuality.

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Driven by an unfulfilled desire for the unattainable, ultimately indefinable Other, the protagonists of the novels and stories of acclaimed Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector exemplify and humanize many of the issues central to poststructuralist thought, from the nature of language, truth, and meaning to the unstable relationships betw...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292725299

ISBN - 13:9780292725294

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Clarice Lispector and the Writing of PoststructuralismChapter 2: A Semiotics of Being: Style, Structure, and Meaning in a Poststructural KeyChapter 3: The Erotics of Being: Self, Other, and LanguageChapter 4: Characterizations, Relationships, and States of Being: Feminine, Masculine, Androgynous, and NongenderedChapter 5: From l'Écriture Féminine to Littérature Engagée to Writing the (Semiotic) Body (Politic): The Sociopolitical Dimension of Lispector's TextesChapter 6: Psychoanalysis and the Poststructural Anxieties of the Lispectorian UniverseConclusionAppendix 1: The Works of Clarice LispectorAppendix 2: In-text AbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex