Mothers and nomadic subjects: Configurations of identity and desire in Laura Restrepo's La novia oscura

Debbie Martin

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128+310
Number of pages16
JournalModern Language Review (MLR)
Volume103
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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