Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Writing The Female Body to Defy, Survive and Overcome State Terrorism in “Bosquejo de Alturas” by Alicia Kozameh

Nancy Tille-Victorica

Thu, January 30, 2014 | BEN 2.104

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In her dissertation titled The Corporeality of Trauma, Memory, and Resistance: Writing the Female Body in Contemporary Fiction from Argentina and Chile, Nancy Tille-Victorica looks at the literary representations of the impact that recent state-sponsored violence in Argentina and Chile has had on female bodies in post-dictatorship works by Argentine author Alicia Kozameh and Chilean writer Diamela Eltit. She argues, in part, that while writing the materiality of the lived body provides valuable insight into the ways in which female bodies are able to resist and reevaluate the meaning imposed on them by legally-endorsed systems of oppression, it is also by using the voice and body of female subjects that these authors incorporate marginalized Latin American bodies into the linguistic realm and affirm their feminist commitment to providing a fuller understanding of female corporeality in Latin America. In this short presentation, Nancy will illustrate her argument through an analysis of Kozameh’s “Bosquejo de Alturas” and give a brief overview of her research. Following this 20-minute talk about her scholarship, Nancy will then give a 20-minute presentation about her teaching methodology and philosophy.

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