Faculty Publications

Title

Gendering the suicidal body: Male translation of female death in Javier Marías' Corazón tan Bianco

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bodily inscription, Corazón tan bianco, Javier Marías, Masculine identity, Suicide, Voyeurism

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos

Volume

42

Issue

2

First Page

357

Last Page

378

Abstract

Juan, the protagonist of Corazón tan bianco (1992) by Javier Marias, examines his identity through an investigation of his father's marriages, which are shrouded in secrets and suicide. A critical analysis based on Elizabeth Grosz's Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994) shows how instances of suicide in the novel connect the female body to violent suffering while also serving as a liberating experience for the validation of masculinity. In search of a self-interested narrative of masculine identity, Juan becomes a voyeuristic translator of the inscriptions of suicide on women's bodies.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2018

DOI of published version

10.18192/rceh.v42i2.3134

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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