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Aisthesis

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GUERRA, Lucía. Lesbian Subjectivities in the Blank Spaces of Identity. Aisthesis [online]. 2011, n.50, pp. 157-171. ISSN 0718-7181.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-71812011000200008.

In this essay, lesbian identity is analyzed within a cultural context which has made of lesbianism a synonym of the unnameable and inintelligible, thus inscribing a blank space and eliminating the possibility of a counter-discourse. The cultural invisibility of lesbianism has been incremented by the primacy of private space and the limited access to cultural production, two facts that have cancelled the creation of a specific genealogy and sub-culture. The novels here discussed inscribe within that blank space, an imaginary of lesbian sexuality in a discourse that traces a silenced identity. Both in En breve cárcel (1981) by Sylvia Molloy and El cielo dividido (1996) by Reina Roffé, erotic experiences are the bridge to a reflexion on lesbian identity while in Tu nombre escrito en el agua (1996) by Irene González Frei, Desire and Identity are intertwined in a reciprocal relation that cancels the paradigms of phalogocentrism.

Palavras-chave : inscribing identity; lesbian sexuality; erotic imaginaries.

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