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Against this background of phantasmic and fantastic motherhood I shall seek to arrive at an understanding of the narrative fiction of Lygia Fagundes Telles, a prose troubled by an obsession with insistent figures of mothers who go about fagunves mothering with malice aforethought.

Four Fundamental Principles of Psychoanalysis London: Helen Birch, considering the case of Myra Hindley’s peculiarly horrific status — peculiar, that is, when anres with the lesser horror perceived to attach to male serial killers more easily forgotten — locates her at the heart of what she describes as a ‘totemic’ storm between the forces of good and evil, as an escapee from an overdetermined definition of acceptable femininity, polarized as its antithesis, the bad ‘mother’, fagundws horrible dark face of femininity perverted from its ‘natural’ course.

In his trips down psychic and mythical memory lane Freud curiously ommitted all mention of one destiny undoubtedly as striking, certainly more disturbing than that of Oedipus.

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Lillith refused God’s injunction that she submit to Adam and be his helpmate, and as a consequence of her mutiny she was banished to the edge of the Dead Sea, where she dwells in a cave to this day, consorting with demons and devouring her male offspring in recidivist insurrection against her husband and his Creator. When, in Lygia Fagundes Telles, women turn themselves into mothers of sons, and, less frequently but still conspicuously into daughters of fathers, before they kill them, and while still loving them, they go out of their way astray?

And, still according to this rationale, “women either remain in the dyad of the mother-infant bond, accepting madness or invisibility, or allow their identification within the symbolic order and ‘masquerade’ within the terms of an alien rationality”. When, being all these things and nothing the mother refuses to continue being the object, not subject of the plethora of definitions of herself in which she bears no agency, she becomes synonymous with the possibility of both pleasure and dissolution for those upon whom, as the only available point of beginning, she bestowed both the gift of a life vere by finiteness and therefore, cruelly, the inevitability of ultimate death.

Enlightenment, commensurate with the consciousness of death, the final encounter which, literarilly and concretely, teles been Semiotically longed for and Symbolically foregone. The attempt to revise the old Portuguese dictate that a virtuous woman only leaves her home on three occasions — to be baptized, married and buried — faced opposition on the part of the Catholic conservative faction, as well as its refusal to allow any link to be formulated between women’s oppression and motherhood.


In Lygia Fagundes Telles, the incorporation of the limitations of the Freudian formula as well as of the revisions which throw upon it the light of an understanding of its dread of the maternal, is refracted through the prism of an older underpinning Judaeo-Christian misogyny.

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Thus monotheism is forced to surrender to manicheanism, the prophanity of dual creation, God but also mother, Creator but also annihilator, not male but vsrde. One person in every three or four lived an entire conscious existence in the awareness of having attained life at the price of that of another, and that other, one’s mother.

The female body that visibly engenders life, in any case, has never ceased to be seen as problematic, lyiga perplexity not specific to Brazil but generally prevalent in the Western psyche.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The entry into the Symbolic is the acceptance repression of the loss of the mother or of a state before self, before identity, and the concommitant assimilation of a concept of self, of ferde, of culture and of community or society, which together constitute the Order of the Symbolic.

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The role of the Roman Catholic Church both in its conservative and progressive factions evidently also had a heavy input into the process of reformulation or reification of women’s roles in Brazil throughout most of this century. The following year, she graduated with her law degree and inmarried her international law professor, Goffredo Telles Jr.

The mother who reminds us of the pre-self state of utter disempowerment, the Lacanian Imaginary or the Kristevan Semiotic, all the more dangerous because bewitching as the last occasion of absolute psychic self-abandon, is, as post-Freudian theory clarifies, identified according to Freud as that which needs to be jettisoned, [23] as the price of being granted access to the rational safety of the Symbolic Order.

If even the Virginal Madonna can become a killer, and, in ‘Natal na Barca’ ‘Christmas on the Boat’a speaking killer, a mother turned author on the theme of her offspring’s death, we have only a vocabulary of insanity, or of evil and of the lynchmob to respond to these phenomena.

Duke University Press,xii. The symbolic “exclusory prohibition” that, as a matter of fact, constitutes collective existence does not seem to have, in such cases, sufficient strength to dam up the abject or demoniacal potential of the feminine.

Bale admired Euripides as the most tragic of the Greek poets, because purveyor of the unhappiest endings. She takes as one of her examples that instance of mutually murderous and desiring mother-son vortex, the Oedipus-Jocasta dyad, which ‘sums up naile displaces the mythical defilement that situates impurity on the untouchable ‘other side’ constituted by the other sex, [ Patricial Waugh, Feminine Fictions: And because, of all possible insurrections, interference with the expected cycles of reproduction, whether biological or social, whether through incest or murder or both, is the most virulent, the hijacking and perversion of the maternal function becomes literally the unutterable, that which however can be granted an extra dimension of horror through the insistence upon uttering it.

The central opportunity for self-deception [ Previous to the advent of customarily practised medical hygiene, contraceptives and antibiotics, every time a woman had sex she contemplated pregnancy and death. If so, then the transgression of that necessary threshold, necessary if the Symbolic Order is to remain intact, the abolition of the lawful demarcation that separates mothers from lovers, ushers in, necessarily, cultural annihilation.


The following rhyme, popular in Brazil, speaks volumes: Lillith, murderess, murderess of males, and worst of all murderess of her own male issue, itself the supposed Freudian compensation for the lack of a penis which she apparently does not envy but does eat, is in effect the originator of two lines of descendancy: If following Lacan the position of the subject in the realm of the Father is assumed through language, it follows that the entry into the Symbolic must be different for the two sexes, the possession of subjectivity being different for he who has a phallus and for she who does not.

The consciousness of this dual presence will persist in post-infancy stages and through into adult consciousness, as the divided desire for but dread of a return to the Nirvana-like womb which signals both binding pleasure and boundless dissolution. What her detailed account of the struggle for women’s rights in the period between and the ‘s finds, however, is, at the heart of a war that bore many faces, an obsession with the figure of the mother as the origin and creator of self and country.

Lygia Fagundes Telles Portuguese pronunciation: London and New York: In one of the essays in Literature and Evil, Georges Bataille argues, possibly anti-intuitively but nonetheless persuasively that sexuality and reproduction, entailing as they do the reproduction of the single into the multiple, the giving of one’s body to the making of an other, or others, gesture not towards immortality but towards death, as the loss of self in its uniqueness.

In the Garden of Eden, the prohibition applied to the fruit of two trees: The Oxford Book of Carols. To this purpose, her female protagonists almost without exception compound their kinship bonds and social ties as sisters, daughters, wives, lovers and cousins of men with the added dimension of a motherliness which ro the very moment of being established is revealed to be as pernicious — to the men — as was the disobedient action of the first Biblical mother in Genesis to mankind.

Nonetheless, Mary’s womb, too, rapidly began to prove worrying for a doctrine which from early on has been compelled ttelles purge it of its essential quality, the gift of procreation, and to reduce it to the status, however glorious, nonetheless subordinate, of empty vessel, subject from the moment of its inception to the occupancy of the Father and the tenancy of the Son faugndes the sole active agents of gestation: And so wholly seditious is this act that, not surprisingly, its ripples extend outside that which pertains purely to gender and procreation, into the spheres of orthodoxy, logic and realism or science, all of which find that the immediate impact of that first moment is upon language, and upon the power of utterance from which they are now debarred.