The underground woman: Male antiheroes and female agency in Cristina Fernández Cubas

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The underground woman: Male antiheroes and female agency in Cristina Fernández Cubas

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dc.contributor.author Geoffrion-Vinci, Michelle C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-27T14:09:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-27T14:09:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Geoffrion-Vinci, M. C. (2009) "The underground woman: Male antiheroes and female agency in Cristina Fernández Cubas." Neophilologus 93 (4): 633-646. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10385/657
dc.description.abstract In striking resonance with Doestoevsky’s Underground Man, the seminal antihero of the twentieth century, the male ‘‘antimodels’’ in Cristina Fernández Cubas’s 1990 anthology El ángulo del horror fail by deliberate strategy to live up to societal expectations and assumptions. The detached, self-absorbed and selfmocking personae in this collection are each the product of a kind of physical or emotional suffering that makes it impossible for them to be anything but selfserving in their attitudes and goals. Often narrating in first person, the images they create of themselves are deliberately ugly yet forthright, ironic, and curiously appealing. Together they embody the quintessential antihero, a leitmotiv with a rich history in the literature of Spain and elsewhere. In this way, they destabilize the traditional order of things and insist that we reconsider our society, ourselves. What’s more, they suggest another kind of ideal, another litmus test for what is ‘‘acceptable.’’ This opens up a whole realm of possibilities for all associated literary characters. Through their relationship with antiheroes, women characters manage to negotiate successfully a far wider range of roles, behaviors and circumstances than would otherwise have been sanctioned within societal boundaries. en_US
dc.publisher Neophilologus en_US
dc.subject Cristina Fernández Cubas en_US
dc.subject Antihero en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Female agency en_US
dc.subject Female subjectivity en_US
dc.subject Short fiction en_US
dc.subject Spanish women writers and feminism en_US
dc.subject Spain en_US
dc.title The underground woman: Male antiheroes and female agency in Cristina Fernández Cubas en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11061-008-9140-x

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