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"Entendudos": Translation and Representation in the Castile of Alfonso the Learned

Eleazar Gutwirth
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 93, No. 2 (Apr., 1998), pp. 384-399
DOI: 10.2307/3735355
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3735355
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

This article examines Puig's treatment of "psychoanalytic discourse," his use of "parody," and his portrayal of "the angelic." Puig parodies "Freudian psychoanalysis" as master-narrative driven by rigorous intepretation and coherent story-telling. He thwarts a series of male 'plots' while leaving his own unresolved. He questions the "binary oppositions" that ground human experience and parodies feminist positions, highlighting the precariousness of "human subjectivity." He inverts the normal order by associating the male with lack, and power (through her gaze) with the female. The article concludes by considering the image of the angel, which points to the outside of "binary logic," to the hitherto unrepresentable.

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