Advertisement

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

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

Abstract

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.

Works Cited

  1. Borges, Jorge Luis. “El escritor argentino y la tradición.” Versión taquigráfica de una clase dictada en el Colegio Libre de Estudios Superiores y reproducida en el libro Discusión. In Contratiempo. Revista de pensamiento y cultura. Edited by J. L. Borges. Madrid: Alianza, 1997. http://www.revistacontratiempo.com.ar/borges_tradicion.htm. Web.
  2. Brunner, José Joaquín. “Notes on Modernity and Postmodernity in Latin American Culture.” In The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America. Edited by John Beverley, Michael Aronna, and José Oviedo. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. 34–54. Print.Google Scholar
  3. Dávila Gonçalves, Michele C. “Subversions of Motherhood: The Sleuth in Claudia Piñeiro’s Crime Fiction.” In Twenty-First Century Latin American Narrative and Postmodern Feminism. Edited by Gina Ponce de León. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 53–74. Print.Google Scholar
  4. Davis, Lennard J. “Constructing Normalcy. The Bell Curve, the Novel, and the Invention of the Disabled Body in the Nineteenth Century.” In The Disability Studies Reader. Edited by Lennard J. Davis, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. 3–16. Print.Google Scholar
  5. Flórez, Mónica. “Elena sabe y los enigmas de la novela policiaca antidetectivesca/metafísica.” Lingüística y literatura 58 (2010): 41–50. Print.Google Scholar
  6. Grossgovel, David I. Mystery and Its Fictions: From Oedipus to Agatha Christie. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979. Print.Google Scholar
  7. Holquist, Michael. “Whodunit and Other Questions: Metaphysical Detective Stories in Postwar Fiction.” In The Poetics of Murder. Detective Fiction and Literary Theory. Edited by Glenn W. Most and William W. Stowe. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1983. 149–174. Print.Google Scholar
  8. Humm, Maggie. Border Traffic. Strategies of Contemporary Women Writers. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991. Print.Google Scholar
  9. Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Parody. New York: Methuen, 1985. Print.Google Scholar
  10. ———. The Politics of Postmodernism. New York: Routledge, 1989. Print.Google Scholar
  11. Klein, Kathleen Gregory. The Woman Detective. Gender and Genre, 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995. Print.Google Scholar
  12. ———. “Women Times Women Times Women.” In Women Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers. Edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1995. 3–13. Print.Google Scholar
  13. Kralic, Debbie, Tina Koch, Kay Price, and Natalie Howard. “Chronic Illness Self-Management: Taking Action to Create Order.” Journal of Clinical Nursing 13 (2004): 259–267. Print.Google Scholar
  14. Lagmanovich, David. “Evolución de la narrativa policial rioplatense.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 27.54 (2001): 35–58. Print.Google Scholar
  15. Linton, Simi. “Reassigning Meaning.” In The Disability Studies Reader. Edited by Lennard J. Davis, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. 161–172. Print.Google Scholar
  16. Merivale, Patricia and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney. “The Game’s Afoot: On the Trail of the Metaphysical Detective Story.” In Detecting Texts. The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism. Edited by Patricia Merivale and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney. Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press, 1999. 1–24. Print.Google Scholar
  17. Munt, Sally R. Murder by the Book? Feminism and the Crime Novel. London: Routledge, 1994. Print.Google Scholar
  18. Piñeiro, Claudia. Elena sabe. Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 2007. Print.Google Scholar
  19. ———. “Personal Interview.” March 26, 2017.Google Scholar
  20. Ramanathan, Vaidehi. “Texting Doppelgangers: Repetition, Signs, and Intentionalities in (Auto)biographical Alzheimer Writing.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 3.1 (2009): 67–84. Print.Google Scholar
  21. Reddy, Maureen. “Women Detectives.” In The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Edited by Martin Priestman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 191–207. Print.Google Scholar
  22. Rich, Adrienne. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. New York: Norton, 1986. Print.Google Scholar
  23. Richard, Nelly. “Cultural Peripheries: Latin America and Postmodernist De-centering.” In The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America. Edited by John Beverley, Michael Aronna, and José Oviedo. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. 217–222. Print.Google Scholar
  24. Rowland, Susan. From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell. British Women Writers in Detective and Crime Fiction. New York: Palgrave, 2001. Print.Google Scholar
  25. Siebers, Tobin. “Disability in Theory: From Social Constructionism to the New Realism of the Body.” The Disability Studies Reader. Edited by Lennard J. Davis. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. 173–183. Print.Google Scholar
  26. Subercaseaux, Bernardo. “La apropiación cultural en el pensamiento y la cultura de América Latina.” Mundo 1 (1987): 125–135. Print.Google Scholar
  27. Tani, Stefano. The Doomed Detective. The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American and Italian Fiction. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1984. Print.Google Scholar
  28. Trelles Paz, Diego “Novela policial alternativa hispanoamericana (1960–2005).” Aisthesis 40 (2006): 79–91. Print.Google Scholar
  29. Varas, Patricia. “New Latin American Crime Fiction: Elena sabe by Claudia Piñeiro.” From Noir to Gris: Spanish and Latin American Women’s Crime Fiction in the New Millennium. Edited by Nina Molinaro and Nancy Vosburg. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. 89–105. Print.Google Scholar
  30. Walton, Priscilla L. and Manina Jones. Detective Agency. Women Rewriting the Hard-Boiled Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. Print.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Willamette UniversitySalemUSA

Personalised recommendations