Fearful and Female Narrations of Anxiety and the Boom of the Portuguese Fiction written by Women in the 1980s



Abstrakt

The article analyses the importance of the minor genre of horror tale in the development of the Portuguese fiction written by women during the 1980s. It permitted to find a literary expression of the silenced topics, such as the fear of pregnancy and childbirth, domestic violence, prostitution. The narrations of anxiety created by such writers as Luisa Costa Gomes, Maria Ondina Braga, Lídia Jorge, Teolinda Gersão, and Hélia Correia mark a period of transition in the Portuguese culture, questioning both female and male condition. Exploration of the gender perspective leads to the utmost triumph of women that finally achieve recognition in the fields of literature and cultural criticism. At the same time, it contributes to exorcise the spectres of the patriarchal culture that became obsolete after the end of Salazarism and the Portuguese colonial empire.


Key words: Portuguese women writers, tale of horror, anxiety, intimacy


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Łukaszyk, E. (1). Fearful and Female Narrations of Anxiety and the Boom of the Portuguese Fiction written by Women in the 1980s. Romanica Silesiana, 11(2). Pobrano z https://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/RS/article/view/6025

Ewa Łukaszyk  ewaluk@al.uw.edu.pl
University of Warsaw 
Ewa Łukaszyk, dr hab. prof. UW, comparativist and cultural theorist, specialized in Portuguese and Lusophone literature and culture; professor at the Faculty “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. Author of several monographs: Współczesna proza portugalska (1939–1999). Tematy, problemy, obsesje (Kraków 2000), Terytorium a świat. Wyobrażeniowe konfiguracje przestrzeni w literaturze portugalskiej od schyłku średniowiecza do współczesności (Kraków 2003), Pokusa pustyni. Nomadyzm jako wyjście z kryzysu współczesności w pisarstwie José Saramago (Kraków 2005), Imperium i nostalgia. „Styl późny” w kulturze portugalskiej (Warszawa 2016).


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