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Sexuality and Being in the Poststructuralist Universe of Clarice Lispector: The Différance of Desire
by Earl E. Fitz
University of Texas Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-292-73068-7 | Paper: 978-0-292-72529-4 | Cloth: 978-0-292-72528-7
Library of Congress Classification PQ9697.L585Z663 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 869.342


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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