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The archetype of animus, for example, would represent the internalization of the sexist 15 eternal feminine model, but our understanding that this is a mask of the subconscious renders it malleable. Escofet proposes recovering the energy of the anima, which, according to her, enables a reconnection with the subconscious, together with the theoretical opportunity to claim thought, power and authority as personal rights This descent into the subconscious through the body is also indispensable for Cixous, who proposes the establishment of a feminine metaphorical style of writing which sheds the principle of logos in favor of connecting with dreams, writing and the body.
This need to rescue the unconscious from the rational will transport women to more harmonious spaces and expand their knowledge to encompass a reality without limits. Following her refusal to engage in missionary-style sexual intercourse with Adam, she abandons him.
God cautions her to search out Adam, but she decides not to return and is punished by being turned into a demon that kills children and seduces men. Charles Alexander Moffat maintains that Lillith represents an archetypal masculine fear of dominant women. Adrienne Rich, as a Jew, argues that the existence and lesbian continuity of evil women echo the spirit of Lillith.
However, in Catholicism Lillith becomes punished in the shape of Eve and redeemed in the Virgin Mary. According to Demetra George, Lillith: In other words, the surreal or the subconscious is projected in a negative way: As the conscious ego rejects and denies the experiences and wisdom of the dark phase, these contents grow to embody our worst fears and assume the frightening form of the demonic shadow in individuals and society.
She concludes with the following statement: If metaphor conforms to the real, metonymy equates with reality. In other words, patriarchal metaphor as god-the-father reproduces itself in various forms through metonymy; in the family, in the state, in education, in language, in art, in architecture, in work, in the economic system, in progress, in science, in politics, in the method of development, in the body, in fashion, in sexuality.
The acceptance of the subconscious as a subversive part of our reality was vindicated at the beginning of the 20th century by the surrealist movement, which questioned the rationalism and positivism of the previous century. According to Suleiman, the creative surrealist woman cannot assume a position as a subject among images of the masculine imagination without engaging in dialogue with them: All these characteristics are present in the images that Escofet evokes, not only in her theatrical works, but also in Archetypes, as we shall now see.
Escofet shares with us her journey into the subconscious by invoking images associated with the Tarot, as Breton does in Arcana The position of the look is important because it signals that we are regarded inversely, as the counterpart to the male, and that we are defined by the masculine perspective. Remember the words of Jung: The Hermit is revealed, who invites her to peer into the darkness with her lamp, there to see herself once more as Little Gustav, the boy her mother had always wanted.
This journey is an attempt on behalf of women to win back their own female desires and define themselves from both the internal and external experiences that have created their place in the world, or rather their gender, which forms a part of their identity. It is painful to accept that our ancestors were illiterate and demonized by their abusers, as was Severiana in the personal sphere and Lillith in the mythical.
Likewise, their pantheon of goddesses has also been destroyed, and the goddesses stripped of their powers of creation and self-sufficiency as complete and independent beings. Womanist Prose , by Alice Walker, and it is no coincidence that the chapter in which Escofet shares her fantasies and 17 confessions begins in the garden of mysteries. It is therefore from within their patriarchal confines that women must begin to reflect, create their own dreams and connect these with the natural, the intuitive, and the surreal, the last of which is ill-named considering that reality is just as much internal as external.
Another way of using the subconscious as a way reaching beyond archetypes is offered to us by Frida Khalo, who, upon being rendered prostrate on a bed with a broken spine, begins to examine herself in the mirror perhaps using the third eye that appears on her forehead in a number of paintings.
This self-examination is not only visual, but extends across all the five senses. Her body becomes a kaleidoscope emanating from a shattered back that allows her to unlearn herself and redefine her own subjectivity, not with new words as does Escofet in her texts, but with new images.
As a result of their ongoing dialogue, both forms of the same woman —the stereotype and the seeker of self- knowledge— are seen to manifest her Otherness. The personal is always political and gender-based writing involves understanding oneself differently, as an exile wanting to find a way back into the world.
Writing, or painting in the case of Khalo, is the rite of restitution for the feminine view, and includes its own mythical horizon. Multi-faceted by nature, this view is neither objective nor universal, as is the one presented through patriarchal discourse.
There are many views from many distinct angles, as in a kaleidoscope, and this gives free reign to our various differences. It is the look of the new paradigm which is still unfolding, and as it comes into being, Sigrid Weigel suggests a cross-eyed vision: Like this, women will remain alert to the archetypal apparatus which has fossilized them.
And from this double existence, they must extend the reach of their multiple and kaleidoscopic avenues of perception, and thereby ascribe new meanings to the mysteries with which they are bound in the drama of their everyday lives. It is thus that fiction within drama helps women to penetrate the mirror or reflection of the personal living plot from which they came.
In the process, feminine sight must be upward or spiraling, and then returning upon itself and moving forward toward change and 18 the creation of new meanings. Through their own vision, women can achieve liberation from imposed desire and their own complicity with it. In that we exist and think on the basis of our gender, our objective has to be to encourage respect for differences in gender and ensure that everyone participates in the creation of meanings within this world, just as much real as surreal, of which we are all a part.
Escofet proposes inverting Cartesian thought by recognizing existence primarily in terms of bodily and multi-sensory perception, beyond the reach of the reason and the five senses and penetrating into the depths of the subconscious. In this way, words that issue from the gender perspective, from subjectivity, are subsumed within the inner kaleidoscopic view and at the same time add fresh perspectives to the outer view which in turn create connections and meanings of a holistic nature.
As her focus is on the female gender, she is concerned with a cultural feminism designed to share writing about female desire and not a logos by which women end up as subjects. This same complementarity is evident in oriental religions and in matriarchal societies, in which our existence is tied up with nature and there are no hierarchies of superiority among the members.
The ethic behind this artistic proposal within the theater offers us a life-philosophy that embraces a committed and respectful approach to the events that confront each person. Isabel has not written a theoretical outline of her feminist position.
Nonetheless, there are many interviews, recorded conversations, and video conferences, which, when considered in conjunction with her writings, provide us with fragments that form a comprehensive picture of her feminism.
These fragments all have one thing in common, which is the use of reality to create fiction 19 and the use of fiction to create reality. Allende appears to her readers behind a variety of veils, both real and unreal, so that we might understand how magic is at the command of whoever possesses the language, whether spoken or not, to transform our experiences of the world as women.
Allende offers, through language, another way of perceiving the world, rather like that presented by the surrealists of the early XX century. In Latin America, the well-educated middle-class woman looks like one from North America or Europe, but this is not the case for the peasant or indigenous woman.
I would like to be a voice for all women: I cannot turn my back on this real commitment which constitutes womanhood. We have clear evidence that the commitment of which we speak is for her a responsibility because she has the ability to express herself and denounce the fact that women in the poorest sectors suffer much more than those who move in more privileged social circles.
The feminist mindset came upon Allende at five years old when she observed that while her brothers enjoyed freedom of movement, she remained under control, and this difference seemed unjust to her. Can you remember the first time you became aware of a feminist conscience, for want of a better description? This reflection, which she describes as a gut-feeling, constitutes the raw material for her convictions in her writing. Her rebellion against patriarchal norms comes to life through that part of her body hidden between her legs, and there is an impression created of something forbidden, denied, hidden and mysterious about her body.
Just as passive individuals have to obey a military authority that guides them through a complicated training, according to Foucault Rabinow 20 , so must women at this age undergo a body-behavior training program which affects their perception of who they are and what they may or may not be capable of achieving.
For example, in a conversation recorded with Alice Walker and Jean Shinoda Boden, Allende declares that the act of writing is for her an orgy, but at the same time it is cathartic because it involves sharing the painful experiences she has lived through, one of which concerns the ongoing recognition that as a woman, one will inevitably be treated unjustly.
Here we include a fragment from her stream of consciousness which explains the inspiration for her texts: All my books come from very deep emotions that have been with me for a very long time, and those emotions are usually painful. It is abandonment, pain, anger, death, violence … a lot of violence in my life, but there are also joyful emotions that go with the writing and all the senses.
The sensuality of writing … the lives of the characters … The story telling … All that … It is such an orgy. I mean it is always pornographic. All those moments that spend with my characters in solitude doing whatever we want. It is great. All those fantasies that I can never do with any men. I mean, they are so limited … and you find all these characters in novels who are just relentless, to say the least. There is a mixture of both the love and the pain.
Positioning herself on the outer reaches of the feminist genre, Allende combines this pain with other experiences to create Eva Luna, a character who breaks free of her destiny as a poor woman through storytelling and the writing of a soap opera script.
Working on the premise that what becomes real was once only imagined in fiction, she uses her writing as a vehicle for social change by denouncing the social injustice visited upon the lower classes.
In this way, love triumphs over death through the written word, which has the power to convert even the most pernicious practices, and the dream of a distant reality comes to fruition if it is expressed and pursued single-mindedly and fearlessly.
Because she is feminine and feminist. Eva Luna is a model that Allende uses to show us that we can change the unjust perception that we are the second sex. However, although Allende has no book of theoretical essays, as does Escofet, both use fiction as a vehicle for theoretical meditations that break down the frontiers of literary genre.
According to de Lauretis, theoretical fiction may have: These are the magical realist or surrealist spaces in which these two Latin American feminists create their theories of gender. Confronting and taking on that world and its norms was hard and brought on considerable personal anguish; to our lives, and those of people who succeeded us, mattered greatly to us. And while comprehension of the nature and origin of such theories may serve as a tool for analysis and classification, it rarely provides much salve to genuine pain.
When imposed upon us, the internal models formed in childhood later become regarded as inevitable and natural. For this reason, Simone de Beauvoir argues that women are not so much born as constructed.
However, it is worth asking if, upon discarding the archetype, one may deconstruct and rebuild or survive and reincarnate, as Escofet suggests. This way of distinguishing the mould from the model is similar to our need to deconstruct archetypes, according to Cristina Escofet. The mould disguises itself in the form of many different archetypes that reinforce submissive and dependent roles for women, all designed to ensure the good health and endless renewal of the established social order.
Sensory perception puts her in touch with the abstract and this affects both her surroundings and her being in the world. We can observe that Eva does not 22 fear pleasure, and Cixous notes that the apple is a metaphor for the maternal breast.
According to Cixous, Genesis is a surrealistic tale and makes the following observation: Perhaps Eva Luna is using the subconscious and the senses as a springboard for defining female pleasure in terms of its connection with the creative process and its significance to her identity.
The act of naming delimits and creates the object of its attention: In this way, Eva, as narrator and protagonist, introduces herself into the world through language by recounting her life and adventures to her readers.
She finds that being among others causes her to conform the being with and she realizes that her personal and historical reality the being here, and at a fixed moment in time can be recreated by her own discourse, provided that she says aloud each word that she chooses.
The power of language to change reality is crystallized in this line: Since language has the power to change the world as we know it to create new realities, feminist discourse dares to break the silence surrounding feminine sexuality and propose different ways of expressing it.
We may remember that Foucault has already warned that the proliferation of discourse on sex since the XVIII century allowed for the naming of certain sexual practices under the stigma of perversions, with the result that they exist to this day as part of the common lexicon.
It is well within the power of feminist discourse to appropriate such so-called perversions and divest them of the negative stigma or mantel with which they have been labeled.
Within gender studies, there has been a call to expand sexual discourse, and women have ceased to be typecast as the Virgin Mary in Christian societies.
This conviction enables her to remain open to a wide range of internal and external 23 sensations which she can then use to access new knowledge and shape into language. Consequently, although Allende does not make use of automatic writing as a surrealist technique, we could say that her magical feminism includes subconscious material. The concept that we are not separated from the world when we sleep and that ideas are not only inspired by what is material, for Allende, makes reality magical or surreal and material or real at the same time.
Therefore, her feminism asserts that it is possible to improve the situation of women if we use language to express and create what we would like from the personal and social world of the subconscious or what already exists within it.
This space of the subconscious world, visited by Allende and Cristina Escofet through their texts, is, according to Cixous and Irigaray, the locus of feminine pleasure or of jouissance from excess of pleasure. This metaphor of the semiotic as a fount of meaning is for Kristeva chora, and she associates it with maternity and the moment before separation from the mother in the uterine waters.
At issue for these two first French critics is an unlimited and overflowing pleasure involving multiple connections, and as such it represents a postmodern concept. Allende represents this in her narration of dreams and stories, an example of which is the affective community of women in her first novel, The House of the Spirits. The continuity of lesbian themes, according to Adrienne Rich, is a longstanding tradition dating back to ancient times on the isle of Lesbos, where women were segregated and abandoned both physically and emotionally.
Allende situates this phenomenon evenly among married women and poor young girls, together with marginalized races and classes, such as indigenous peoples and blacks. Her feminism interrogates the psychic and socio-political processes which give expression to female sexuality both in semiotic language, such as that of images, and in linguistic usage, where the veil between the real and surreal disappears and reappears in an undefined game, not unlike feminine pleasure.
Should she look in the mirror during her search, the archetype she would see would be a monster, part angel and part devil, because evil is necessary in the struggle for equality. Good and evil form a monstrous unity in this surreal image of female humanity. As an emblem of surrealist subversion, Breton tells the medieval Jewish story of Melusina, the woman who left her husband because he refused to give up his conjugal demands on the Sabbath.
Feminists have revisited this tale because it originates from the myth of Lillith, the first woman, who abandoned patriarchy and, according to records, literally flew away.
Similarly, the Sabbath is a festivity whose origins can be traced to pagan religions governed by a lunar calendar and whose followers worshipped goddesses that the existing patriarchy later branded as demons. Nel Noddings reminds us that Even goddesses were thought to menstruate the early female deities were not all spirit! Interestingly, this day was called sabbatu, or evil day, and is the forerunner of the Sabbath … Biblical accounts attest to the perceived power of the great goddesses.
Classifications of evil and good are subjective, but we all know well the necessity of behaving in line with expectations, as delineated by social leaders. It is the first lesson imparted to children through positive and negative reinforcement of their actions. In other words, there existed the right to commit both evil and good, a right that formerly was the exclusive domain of others In flouting conventional social niceties, women become free to choose tobacco, rudeness, loveless sex, ambition, etc.
These possibilities mean that they may create a whole new range of female types. Is the boss going to approve of her getting equal pay? Will women be happy with these new evils? For whom are good and evil, anyway? The feminine identity is perpetually evolving and each day new models emerge. For example, Isabel Allende redeems the guilty sinner Eva, while Cristina Escofet reciprocates with Bette Davis, an actress type-cast in wicked woman roles.
Immeasurable numbers of women have been judged according to sexual morality, a point made by Angela Carter: In general terms, morality for women has nothing to do with ethics; it has to do with sexual morality and nothing else. It us thus much easier for a woman to lead an irreproachable life than it is for a man: What hypocrisy! With certain exceptions, women are raised to fall in love and then dispense guilt when the objects of our affections mistreat us, in the manner of Eve and the saints.
Women are thus constrained to live in a world of emotion, while the higher functions of reason and control are deemed a more appropriate mental terrain for men. While fulfillment is within the grasp of every human being, this repression prevents women from reaching their full potential as human beings, and XIX century psychoanalytical studies reveal countless examples of those who end up frustrated and hysterical.
Let us not forget that since Freud published his theory on female sexuality, a woman has been seen as a sexual being beset by phallic desires that threaten to push her beyond the brink into hysteria and even madness should she suppress them and turn away from marriage and childbirth. Motherhood confers penis-hood on the woman, a state which, if Freudian psychoanalysis is to be believed, is a condition devoutly to be wished by the entire female sex.
Furthermore, full maturity for a woman has been deemed attainable only upon entry into wedlock and the creation of family, at which time the husband will assume the role of patriarchal protector and steer the course for the family group.
Having a wife to help with raising the children and doing the domestic chores is vital in this socio-economic system of work-and-reward, which makes up our consumerist world. Love and respect, in this instance for parents, exercise a similarly controlling influence on young girls when they learn to reject their own bodies. In so doing, they inevitably fall prey to the stratagems of marketers, who then step in to ensure that these new young customers acquire a self-image perpetually marred by the curse of bodily imperfection.
From the moment when girls become curious about physical pleasure, the Latin American catholic culture seeks to instill in them that this is bad and sex something dirty. By being good, girls are loved and cherished within the bosom of the family, which conditions their behavior.
Bad girls, on the other hand, might drive their mother to an early grave through their wicked acts, or force the father to abandon the family home. During the early years we find ourselves making enormous internal changes so that we might become acceptable to others. At some undefined moment that escapes our notice, the process of adapting is complete. The effect is that the norm of girl-passivity comes to be accepted as natural and every effort is made to ensure that this not only should be so, but that the repressed behavior it feeds should also solidify into a fixed characteristic of womanhood.
The passivity of good girls further ensures that active girls come to be considered as abnormal and perverse, terms inextricably linked with sexuality.
According to Foucault, medicine and religion have been appropriated as tools for describing various sexual behaviors as perversions since the times of Victorian Puritanism. This involves creating a new code with which to describe sex and to label various perversions that must be controlled or cured, such as the female hysteria common among the heroines of nineteenth century literature.
Since then, we have witnessed a continuous stream of women whose failure to repress sexual urges has led to their despair in the divorce courts or their murders in crimes of passion. To this day science continues its attempt to control sexual desire through therapies, medications, education, and prescriptive norms of social conduct.
This dissemination will be explored in the discussion of feminist discourse included within this study. As models of female destiny, normative discourse offers us the lives of the Virgin Mary and the saints, replete with masochistic displays of great sacrifice aimed at winning the love of a man who, being divine, has no material existence.
The flesh, of course, is strictly out of bounds and the body must not become aware of itself through the senses because these are a source of pleasure, which in turn leads to self-knowledge.
Such wisdom would put security and independence within reach of women with the result that they might choose to part company with God and establish their own rules and maybe even another kingdom, one of darkness or evil. If we posit that the discourse of power has tried to deny female sexuality, it is from the field of cultural artistic expression that we might find the clues to support our claim. To this end, it is interesting to analyze the nature of female literary characters who are sexually active and who are consequently identified with evil.
Moreover, the fact of finding them within a literary milieu opens a wider spectrum of possibilities because it conflates the conscious with the unconscious. As such, we are encouraged to avoid the kind of simplistic mechanical logic that seeks only to root out cause and effect. Instead, we can take as our guide some of the principles established by present-day quantum physics concerning the complexity of different levels of reality through interconnections alien to classical scientific concepts.
In just such a spirit of uncertainty, this study chooses texts that use surrealist techniques or those that feature magical realism partly because they accept a convergence of the real and the imaginary.
Surrealism, for example, explores probability using automatic writing as a point of departure, since this technique incorporates a free association of images, the juxtaposition of opposites, and the inversion of reality and magic, to name but some of its games designed to subvert standard logic. These types of texts not only resurrect the forbidden topic of female sexuality, but also establish its connection with a new epistemological way of coming to terms with this aspect of our reality.
Many female characters gain maturity through the senses, and, contrary to the tendency of our patriarchal culture to dominate and convert the Other into an essentially visual spectacle of desire, sight is not the most important faculty.
However, as the surrealists discovered, we cannot connect with reality without the addition of intuition and chance, which together with the senses form part of the cognitive process and the inexplicable nature of relativity in our postmodern world.
Gender is not a fixed entity and female sexuality is enriched rather than degraded by varied options, which become possible when instincts are no longer repressed. In the world of dreams and the imagination there are no limits, and the space afforded by magical reality makes possible the acceptance of other options.
Another means of achieving knowledge, apart from through the senses, is to use magic as a valid method of dealing with the realities we inhabit. We should note that reason alone is insufficient because many archetypes have become fossilized within us and so we have to learn to perceive as much on an ideal plane as on a material one.
Allende, likewise, argues that language comes from dreams, and it is there that the real and the unreal, together with the individual and the collective, come together, constituting a synchrony that, for her, crystallizes into writing.
Isabel Allende, in one interview with Jennifer Benjamin and Sally Engelfried, even provides examples of the benefits of meditation, of the premonitory nature of her writing, and of true cases of synchrony to whose guiding lights she has discovered the value of surrendering her judgement, about which she comments: Why do these things happen to help me with the writing?
Allende tells of how she writes about various fictitious events, only to discover that these have already taken place, and about how synchrony teaches her things as if by dictation. However, it is she who, in her subconscious, experienced a child dying in her arms and she confesses the following: I always make that connection: As we may observe, she frequently disguises the facts and shifts perspectives so as to contemplate the Other in action.
In this case, it involves the conflation of reality and magic, and temporal and special boundaries converge in their relation with the world of synchronic form.
In this section we will analyze three texts that address the myth of Eve, the sinner who came to represent the female gender and who succeeded in redeeming humanity through motherhood in her role as the Virgin Mary. In all these texts we find the technique of self-reflection used as a means of investigation and of creating a personalized subjectivity and history. Memory creates a ready-made surrealist space that abounds with features common to surrealism, such as the importance of chance, the inexplicable, dreams and relived events, all of which allow us to rewrite the present and recreate our feminine identity.
The first thing these texts do is create a magical space parallel to the real one where anything can happen, including the conception of a more just world. Given that feminism is a romantic movement that rebels against patriarchal structures in which the benefits are stacked in favor of males, what we have here is an aesthetic-ethical technique. Patricia Hart, who has studied the works of Allende in depth, emphasizes the following: Magic feminism occurs in works in which real and impossible or wildly improbable events are juxtaposed, when this juxtaposition is narrated matter-of- factly, and when the telling of apparently impossible events leads to the understanding of deeper truths that hold outside of the text.
When these processes occur in a feminocentric work, a work centered on women, their status, and their condition, we may speak of magic feminism. For this reason, it is important to emphasize that we are speaking of works which, in their attempt to deliver a political agenda that reaches beyond the texts themselves, juxtapose diverse planes of reality as possible alternatives for change.
Such a collage is not a mere hallmark of surrealism or postmodernism, but a means of bringing about a multi-faceted shift in how we perceive the world that surrounds us. As a result, both Escofet and Allende offer us in these texts a kaleidoscopic vision of diverse situations which are juxtaposed, and which feature women who push the boundaries of their sexuality beyond the reach of the established norms of patriarchal society.
Through this magical feminism, readers come face to face with inversions, exaggerations, and utopias of possible sexual behaviors that society would ordinarily label as perverse. However, from the perspective of our cultural reality and our social mythology, we accept it as merely a playful dimension of the better-known magical realism, one that has become magical feminism.
Consequently, their texts take these archetypes apart one by one. In this section, we will concentrate on the archetype of woman as bad or perverse: The heroines of Whatever Happened to Betty Davis? In other words, Bette Davis is the archetype of Lillith and the shadow of sexual guilt that falls upon all women.
If women reject patriarchy, it is obvious that they will go on to be viewed as evil in this dynamic of reality as duality. On the one hand, we have the woman who denies her body to the man, as does Lillith in the Jewish and Hebraic myth when she abandons Adam upon his refusal to let her gain clitoral stimulation by being on top during sex.
On the other hand, there is the sexless girl who obediently complies with her husband and redeems him through marriage: This stereotype is thus revisited from a feminist perspective so as to evaluate this so-called innate sin of women which has penetrated so deeply within our psyche.
According to Escofet, we continue to bear the weight of the Lillith archetype through the media in femme fatale characters, such as those played by Bette Davis. Similarly, in Latin America there is the ongoing religious discourse concerning Eve as the sinner who must purify herself through heterosexual marriage, examples of which abound in the soap operas cited by Allende, and in the stories which Eva Luna parodies and adapts.
Consequently, the American actress Bette Davis14 is also the character who has played the daughters of Lillith many times, and as Arika Bornay would say, we can also find Lillith in the new woman of the late nineteenth century who competed with men in the public domain: However, these women represent a still greater terror to the patriarchal base. What is it? In fact, it is nothing other than the existence of female sexuality. It is the existence of women who dare to have their own desires and this causes problems for men who, unused to respecting desires other than their own, have always believed that there exists only their own desire.
They have thus imposed phallic desire and let it serve as the basis for the creation of our social relations and the development of our culture. In this setting, the mixing of fictitious roles with real ones enables the reader to gain awareness of the 13 Jennifer Taylor, B. This is precisely the meaning of the symbol that Escofet and Allende confer upon their strong protagonists. Lillith is thus converted into a model of resistance against patriarchal norms which seek to transform women into submissive and dependent beings.
Hyman, who filed proceedings against her for not being a good mother and for being an independent, professional woman who had multiple marriages. The qualities of her mother were diabolical in the religious environment she inhabited. Religion plays a significant role in the control of female sexuality. Women who question orthodox Judaism, for example, salvage Lillith as a model.
The boundaries between the real and the unreal fall away, and it is not without reason that the fictitious roles played by Bette in this play should be compared with very 33 real dramas enacted throughout human history.
These serve as a reminder that to this day we continue to live out the archetypes created by patriarchy, and cases of women condemned by society are brought up for examination. This association of women with the devil was created by the Jewish patriarchy when exiled in Babylon, where they worshipped goddesses whose sexuality was revered on account of its connection with the mysteries of life and death.
The denigration of their symbols, which include the serpent, the tree and the owl, begins with texts such as The Epic of Gilgamesh about the goddess Innana, the Babylonian Talmud, The Zohar; and The Alphabet of Ben Zira.
Biblical myth later presents man as the victim of temptation laid by Eve through her relation with the serpent in the tree. No mention is made of Lillith, except in the book of Isaiah. Postcolonial texts by Latin American writers at the time of the conquest clearly needed to introduce the figures of Eve and Lillith so that they might be imposed as archetypes. Let us remember that the goddess Tonatzin from the Aztec imaginary also had to be either forgotten or conflated with the Virgin Mary; her symbols of regeneration and union with the earth the real , and those of the spirit and magic the unreal , were, however, given new life in the eagle and serpent on the Mexican flag.
Rosario Castellanos in The Eternal Feminine: Bette ultimately confesses that she needed her characters in order to support the surreal burden imposed in reality. She refuses to accept the punishment and takes flight one more time, as Lillith might have done. The narrative voice helps us to identify with these rebels, see things from another angle, feel them at first-hand, and realize that they do not evil by nature, but are rather seen to be so at the convenience of men.
Such circumstances prompt the protagonist to recount his life so as to justify himself before social authority and his readers.
In performing this task, we are introduced to social criticism, since the bad habits practiced by those at various levels of the social strata are held up for inspection, together with the pernicious effects of these on the subject. Eva tells of how her mother Consuelo nursed a sick Indian and cured him of a snake-bite.
In this, she is reminiscent of the female priests of ancient Sumeria or Babylon. The interior self is not part of the 15 The picaresque is a genre very much disposed to self-reflection and the search for identity after recovering memory. The Eva Luna text is also a bolero, a double like its protagonist who recreates herself as a writer. It is an emotive text with a musical sensibility, since songs remind us of deeper levels of history that go unrecorded.
In other words, the bolero records events in our lives that we remember and change according to our taste, creating our own history through self- reflection. Nevertheless, self-reflection for the picaresque Eva is a vital tool for creating an independent female identity. She lives in her dreams, but these mix with reality with the result that she is able to change her environment. Far from being smitten by some original sin, she inherits fortitude from her father, while from her mother she is blessed with a creative imagination which she uses to tell stories populated by real and imagined characters.
Both Eva Luna and The Tales of Eva Luna present dramas involving the real and the imaginary lives of women, where theatricality and acting are used to signify the social roles assigned to women, such as the archetypes that we must overcome, according to Escofet, if we are to create new roles, as Eva Luna does. She has learned how relationships operate within the home and decides to enter his bed while he is asleep.
We may observe here that the moral law which controls our actions is so strong that it causes Bernal to call the girl abnormal for experiencing sexual desire at eleven years old. Of course, I am in no way suggesting that this man should have sex with a minor who is also his stepdaughter, but his violent reaction is inappropriate, nonetheless.
When Elena becomes as an adult, the situation is reversed and it is Bernal who, despite being married, is now obsessed with her. When she returns home an asexual adult, he also recognizes that it is he who is to blame for her frigidity. Consider in turn that when desire does survive girlhood and schooling, it suffers eventual disfigurement in marriage. The Lillith and Eve archetypes cannot co-exist in the same woman at the same time; patriarchy would dismiss such a person as a monster.
As a wife I obtained a kingdom. These are two roles which bring about her downfall, since she cannot go on playing the seductress as queen, an inability for which she loses her head in both a physical and a metaphorical sense. Although everyone at court knew her reputation, it was expected that marriage would change her; instead she makes public proclamations that those closest to her are corrupted by power and that men and women are not judged equally.
Anne alludes to the double moral standard and also to the exploitation of women as items of exchange between men, their father and their king. While she was under the impression that being queen was going to be like being king, reality 36 shows her the huge difference that can exist when women live alongside men, since power passes women by and is maintained as a masculine commodity.
Allusion is made to the sinful allegorical apple from biblical myth, and a connection is drawn between controlling female sexuality and the guilt of original sin. The godmother has broken with convention in two ways.
On the one hand, her son is born with one head white and one black, an event which attracts universal condemnation since society understands little of the bond between these two races in Latin America. As a result, this mixture of races is described as monstrous and no beauty is seen in the hapless child. At this point, Allende puts her journalistic experience to powerful effect when she uses the narrative voice to expose the social control of female sexuality.
Another truly monstrous character is the Bloody Countess, a role also played by Davis, and the stage directions have her painting the walls in blood as part of an artistic statement that we live in a sacrificial society. Belief in the power of blood as a life-giving force dates back to pre-Christian times, and to this day menstruation is connected with the mystery of life, while in Holy Communion, Jesus shares his blood and body as at the Last Supper.
Interestingly, The Tales of Eva Luna begins with a quote from The Thousand and One Nights which alludes to a king that killed a virgin every night and was never brought to justice. There appears one day an intelligent young girl called Scheherazade who knows how to put an end to all the sacrifices, whose cause is suggested by the following fragment: The king ordered his vizier to bring him a virgin every night and to kill her at daybreak.
But the vizier had a daughter of exceptional beauty called Scheherazade … and she was so eloquent that people loved listening to her.
If we take the story literally, over the three-year period girls are killed, which is a startling figure. The Tales of Eva Luna also denounces and parodies the sacrifices made by sections of the community, such as women that are marginalized in patriarchal societies by conventions in love, social norms of gender, discrimination based on class and race, and many other types of social injustice. The remedy for these sacrifices is the re creation of new spaces in fiction which, being also based in reality, embrace both the surreal and the real from the world in which we are immersed.
In this way, many sacrifices, which might otherwise have escaped unnoticed as a result of being taken for granted, stand out by virtue of their exaggerated appearance in fiction. This identification with an immortal goddess on the part of a countess during the Middle Ages cast her in the role of the Other as an incarnation of evil , and her association with witches identifies her with rites to pagan gods.
However, its kiss of death came sealed in an embrace and, judging by what the machine represents, an embrace impossible between women. This is exactly what is reviled in 38 characters like Anne Boleyn, the Countess, the witch Maitagarri, the loving actress Trinidad Guevara and the warrior Joan of Arc, as played by Bette Davis. In the case of Anne Boleyn, we saw how she delivered a message to the king and in so doing, rewrote history.
The Countess made her statement orally, saying that she had chosen the only two roles available within a sacrificial culture: This phrase is reminiscent of the Adam and Eve myth, in the sense that the former creates an Other which takes the blame for his action. The aberration of sexuality within Christianity ensures that this Other, Eve, should be she who must sacrifice her sexuality for the male subject, just as a mother does at the nucleus of the family.
Nobility or social class may enable crime to take place, but there is no pardon if the transgressor turns out to be female. The witch archetype has already appeared as an accomplice of the Bloody Countess and she now returns with renewed force in Maitagarri, a Basque witch that represents Davis. Exactly who are these witches and why are they feared? According to Jules Michelet, they are: Wise queens of Persia, enchantress Circe, sublime sibyl! What has become of you?
What barbaric transformation? She who on the throne of the orient taught about the virtues of plants and the journeys of stars; she who in the sacred 39 tripod of Delphi, illuminated by the god of light, delivered her oracles to a world kneeling at her feet, she, a thousand years on, will be thrown out like a wild beast, pursued through streets and fields, dishonored, slandered, pelted, cast into the voracious flames of the inferno.
However, as medicine gained prominence in male universities, it put an end to the credibility of the wise women. These women operate within the outer reaches of education and survive as servants of the nobility, like Erza Majorova in the palace of the Bloody Countess. With her roots in the medieval era and the lower class, the witch is a figure that does not communicate her history in linguistic form. By way of illustration, she tells us about Maitagarri, a healing witch from the woods, wild and sensual like a creature of the animal world, who appears seated astride the head of a boar Tres Obras Instead of expressing herself linguistically, she does so through actions.
When the inquisitor asks her where she is from, she says from spinning, singing, lighting candles to the Virgin of the Fields, dancing, getting drunk, and then invites him to dance with her. She wishes to establish a physical bond that he does not understand and which threatens him.
The choir is very important in this act because it expresses the lyrical form that is necessary for an understanding of what the witch is saying if we are reading the text. Maitagarri divides in two, but, since we are told that witches are many, we can imagine a complex choreography of female dance or ritual ceremony of goddesses that pre-date patriarchy and who ended up being demonized by being associated with witchcraft.
They form a circle, a symbol which has represented femininity since antiquity through its association with the belly and fertility, out of which developed belly dancing, the Sybil oracles, and theatrical representations.
These strong women, the witches, then confront the inquisitor by taking a marionette doll and telling him that they are not daughters of the devil but that the doll is.
This figure is dressed in noble apparel, but has the appearance of a prostitute. Maitagarri affirms that, "This is the real daughter of the devil She is your true lover, the one who waits for you with her head stuck out of the window, and who applauds your idiocies and directs your tortures She smells of cabin boys' semen. How sexually abundant is my mistress! Maitagarri is here making an attack on arranged marriages for being little other than sanctioned prostitution, and the meta-theater to this scene confronts the real incidences of abortions and love trysts in such unions, events that no one will recognize but which are familiar to the witches, whose help in such matters is demanded by their mistresses.
This service is one we may remember from 40 La Celestina, the tragi-comedy from the Golden Age. The doll is then promptly decapitated and the witches are run through with the inquisitor's sword, reminding us of Anne Boleyn, who was decapitated for exercising male power and for her appropriation of male desire, a transgression that men equated with witch nymphomania and flying or dreaming astride a broomstick. In The Tales of Eva Luna, the healers are also sexually liberated, but far from being repudiated, they are loved and admired by other such marginalized beings.
Some are even revered as saints. In the case of Clarisa, we are told that "she had the hands of a healer and those unable to pay a doctor or disillusioned with traditional science waited their turn that she might alleviate their pains or commiserate with their bad luck" The existence of these healers is quite common among the lower classes of Latin America and they bear testimony to a cultural hybridity between indigenous paganism and Spanish Christianity.
We discover that Clarisa achieved a saintly reputation and after her death many kept her photograph on a domestic altar next to other sacred images, so that they might ask her help with everyday problems, but despite her reputation as a miracle worker she stands unrecognized by the Vatican and will undoubtedly remain so Her gifts are humble and improbable but no less necessary than the ostentatious marvels attributed to cathedral saints.
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