ERIC Number: EJ1138149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Socially Rooted Authoritarianism in Lygia Fagundes Telles's "As Meninas"
Nielson, Rex P.
Hispania, v100 n1 p125-136 Mar 2017
Lygia Fagundes Telles's novel "As meninas" portrays the oppressive social atmosphere of Brazil's authoritarian military dictatorship in a way that few other novels accomplish. Though the novel eschews the documentary "romance-reportagem" mode famously adopted by other writers from the period, "As meninas" provides a poignant expression of the psychological and emotional burdens caused by living under an authoritarian regime. While presenting the interior/psychological lives of three young women through a unique tri-voiced, stream-of-consciousness narration, the novel unveils and examines the stereotypes and gender roles assigned to women in Brazilian society at the time. In doing so, the novel resists patriarchal authoritarianism where it most insidiously remains ingrained: the social structure of the family.
Descriptors: Authoritarianism, Foreign Countries, Authors, Novels, Females, Narration, Stereotypes, Sex Role, Portuguese
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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