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ROBLES, J. Francisco. An-atomy/Absence of the Body in Mauricio Wacquez’s Excesos. Rev. signos [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.56, pp.105-121. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper has been based on the short story Excesos by the Chilean author Mauricio Wacquez. The paper proposes a reading that considers the concepts of simulacrum and transvestism. The former is evaluated in the light of its development from ancient times through the 20th century, period which sees a proliferation of the image of the transvestite in written media. The main thesis lies on the incapability of the loving act as the central term present during simulacra is considered: difference. This difference situates transvestism on a discursive fissure, where both error and the impossibility of being, the disparity between bodily fragments, give rise to a fractalization or a loss of the fragmentary and bodily components of simulation. This is the reason why the concept an-atomy bears features which displace it from a classic viewpoint toward a rupture with atomist thought: the anatomy of the body present in Excesos allow for its movement toward disappearance, concept which will conclude the development of this paper.

Palabras clave : Excesses; simulacrum; transvestism; Mauricio Wacquez.

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