Claudia Piñeiro’s Elena Knows: How Parody in the Crime Novel Explores Disability and Feminism

  • Patricia VarasEmail author
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


In this chapter, Varas studies how parody has shaped the Latin American crime novel. Parody’s most subversive aspect, “appropriation,” is a concept that encourages the creative process in the region in general and, in particular, in the crime genre. The Argentinian Claudia Piñeiro’s novel, Elena Sabe (Elena Knows) depicts the subversive and enriching aspects of parody in different ways. By revising the traditional detective novel formula, incorporating a gender critique, and including a discussion of disability, the novel opens new forms of reading gender and disability within the crime novel.

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  1. 1.Willamette UniversitySalemUSA

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