A "Passing" interest: reading transvestite narratives, gender and metafiction in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hispanic writers

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dc.contributor.advisor Arkinstall, Christine en
dc.contributor.author Gilmour, Nicola M. en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-07T11:33:21Z en
dc.date.available 2007-07-07T11:33:21Z en
dc.date.issued 2000 en
dc.identifier THESIS 01-267 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Spanish)--University of Auckland, 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/685 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract The present study examines the use of a particular narrative technique, the "transvestite narrative," within canonical and popular works by four Hispanic writers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Cristina Peri Rossi, Antonio Gala' Emilia Pardo Bazan and Benito Perez Galdos. Departing from psychoanalytic theorisations of the phenomenon of the transvestite this study investigates similarities between the act of "passing" as a member of the opposite sex and writing a first-person narrative from that other perspective. Approaching the texts from this vantage point enables the identification of certain textual oscillations between identity and difference which are characteristic of the figure of the transvestite. Sameness and difference are constant concerns of these texts with regard to both gender, the explicit boundary that a transvestite narrative attempts to cross, and representation itself. In these works, the construction of a transvestite narrative voice represents the creation of a literary space within which the authors can process conflicts related to their perceptions of gender, genre and literary schools, resulting in fantasies of authorisation, de-authorisation and literary androgyny. It is not possible to suggest that all transvestite narratives are used to the same end. The diverse purposes to which they are put are influenced by the gender, sexuality, class and nationality of the writers, as well as by the prevailing gender stereotypes of their social contexts. The areas explored in these works include the mass-cultural genre of the romance, the canon and the quest for an elite readership, and also, in the case of the nineteenth-century texts, the conflict between Romanticism, Naturalism and Realism. In all cases, however, the transvestite narrative presents a link between dominant images of gender, either accepted or repudiated by the author, and the creative literary act. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA9997146514002091 en
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dc.title A "Passing" interest: reading transvestite narratives, gender and metafiction in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hispanic writers en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Spanish en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
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