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In praise of subjectivity: Vision and perspective in Jorge de Sena’s O Físico Prodigioso

Atkin, Rhian 2016. In praise of subjectivity: Vision and perspective in Jorge de Sena’s O Físico Prodigioso. Romance Studies 34 (2) , pp. 125-138. 10.1080/02639904.2016.1151261

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This article seeks to assess questions of vision, power and sexual desire in the relationship between the gazed-upon object and the gazing subject in Jorge de Sena’s 1966 novella O Físico Prodigioso. It is proposed that the constantly shifting narrative focus of the text permits the reader to move beyond the gender-coded and unidirectional gaze relationship outlined by Mulvey, and thus break down the binaries of male-female, gazer-gazee, and powerful-powerless which traditionally dominate our conceptions of sexual and political power relations. The article proposes that O Físico Prodigioso presents a textual working through of the multiple, partial perspectives that Haraway lauds as an alternative to male-coded objectivity, where diverse perspectives and visual exchange are crucial to personal sexual relationships and to political resistance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0263-9904
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 June 2015
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 22:13

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