Title page for ETD etd-05232003-102851

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Osenda, Natacha Veronica
Author's Email Address nosenda@vt.edu
URN etd-05232003-102851
Title Destabilizing Machismo: Masculine and Feminine Constructions in the Theater of Susana Torres Molina
Degree Master of Arts
Department Latin American Area Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bixler, Jacqueline E. Committee Chair
Farquhar, Sue Committee Member
Mollin, Marian B. Committee Member
  • Feminine Writing
  • State Terrorism in Argentina
  • Susana Torres Molina
  • Gender
  • Sexual Differences
  • Machismo
Date of Defense 2003-05-16
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This thesis explores the construction of masculinity in Argentina, as represented in two plays by Susana Torres Molina, _...Y a otra cosa mariposa_ (1981) and _Una noche cualquiera_ (1999). In these two plays, the construction of sexual difference is portrayed as occurring within a masculine point of view, wherein it is explicit that men have the power to define, from a self-referential standpoint, their masculine identity, through contrast with a construction of the female. Rather than consider masculine and feminine as two parts of the same whole, gender, Torres Molina’s works represent machismo as a two-part system, with masculine and female as distinct wholes, fundamentally different. The self-referentiality of machismo rejects the participation of women, subordinating and reducing them to the level of the object of conversation, characterized by biological essentialisms, instead of a constructed, subjective identity.
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