Introduction: Liminal Females in Contemporary Latin-American Novels

  • Beatriz L. Botero
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


Women in Latin America inhabit the margins of society. Latin American literature reflects the consequences of marginalization, expresses trauma, and shows the different scars that society has incorporated into its narrative of identity. These novels talk about violence and rape, silence and fear, and the way that society overcomes social problems. In this process, we can see, from a psychoanalytic perspective, the gendered reconstruction of the body image. Contemporary literature shows how the boundary of the body is stretching in the dyad between male and female. On the one hand, “extreme masculinity” frames violence as part of normal behavior (Franco, Cruel Modernity, Duke University Press, 2013, 15). On the other, extreme female-body construction entails exaggeration of form and hyper-sexuality in line with the aesthetic of television models and narco values.


Margin Women Body Extreme masculinity Hyper-sexuality Narconarrative Psychoanalysis 


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  • Beatriz L. Botero
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  1. 1.Faculty Comparative Literature and Folklore StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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