Reading The Body Politic: Feminist Criticism and Latin by Amy Kaminsky

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La otra's refusal to acknowledge AZ as someone she knew in Buenos Aires, her more general silence concerning her past, her easy participation in both the prostitutes' milieu and AZ's high-powered intellectual analysis, her constant and seemingly effortless moves from country to country, her transforming masks and costumes, and her guiltless sexuality, all mark the character as demonic in Auerbach's terms: The female demonic knows no social boundaries and no fond regrets. Instead, in its purest form it is animated by a longing not for childhood but for transcendence.

26 His failure to do so is caused in large part by his incomprehension of her will —to say nothing The Presence in Absence of Exile 39 of her ability —to transcend common reality and of her concomitant decision never to look back. La otra's refusal to acknowledge AZ as someone she knew in Buenos Aires, her more general silence concerning her past, her easy participation in both the prostitutes' milieu and AZ's high-powered intellectual analysis, her constant and seemingly effortless moves from country to country, her transforming masks and costumes, and her guiltless sexuality, all mark the character as demonic in Auerbach's terms: The female demonic knows no social boundaries and no fond regrets.

They have managed to kill our country in a variety of ways, so it is a very painful situation to deal with, but at the same time it is a reality one cannot deny. " It is not surprising that the physical place of exile is often perceived as a noncountry, not as a different one. The place of exile is defined by what is missing, not by what it contains. 9 It is weightless and empty and cannot sustain her: Pais de la ausencia, extrano pais, mas ligero que angel y sena sutil . . No echa granada no cria jazmin, y no tiene cielos ni mares de anil.

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