Exile and the Self as (M)other in the Writing of Reinaldo Arenas
Through focusing on texts written on the island of Cuba and in exile, the author analyses the ways in which Arenas’ writing emblemises a complex process of identification with, and rejection of, his homeland – always an imagined place and which is, as the place of his origins, intrinsically related to the maternal. She examines how the maternal and the motherland are conflated and how the narrator-protagonists’ identification is always in relation to, and dependent upon, this dominant motif. The book also explores the extent to which Arenas’ writing is a tortuous attempt to escape from this dominance and to free himself and his writing from the ties that bind him to the mother and the motherland, and shows that Arenas suffered the exilic condition long before his move to the United States in 1980 as part of the Mariel exodus.
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Chapter 4 The End as the Death of Origins Matricide is our vital necessity The sine-qua-non condition of our individuation. — Julia Kristeva1 They asked him for the woods that nourished him as a child with its obedient trees. […] They explained to...
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