Desire between Women in Caribbean Literature by Keja L. Valens (auth.)

By Keja L. Valens (auth.)

Relations among girls - just like the branches and roots of the mangrove - twist round, throughout, and inside others as they pervade Caribbean letters. hope among ladies in Caribbean Literature elucidates where of wish among girls in Caribbean letters, compelling readers to reconsider easy methods to learn the constructions and practices of sexuality.

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3 However, I argue that the foundational failure in Amistad funesta/Lucía Jerez stems less from the individual qualities of its characters or author than from irreparable fissures in the heterosexual model that grounds marriage, the national romance, and perhaps even the genre of the novel. When the terms homosexual and heterosexual were just entering into Caribbean discourse (through, in part, Martí’s own chronicles on such other writers as Wilde and Whitman), the binary that adherence to that model would encode into the foundational narrative of the postcolonial nation was already showing its inability to adequately account for desire and sexuality in the Caribbean.

The narrator reiterates that there is a code by which Sol ought to fall for a young man, commenting that “she required a master,” but recognizes in the same sentence, “and Lucía was her mistress” (176). The strictly gendered nature of the requirement set up by the narrator points to a key problem in the narrative. Sol is described as needing a distinctly male master (“un dueño”) whose place is taken by a markedly female mistress (“su dueña”). While this novel articulates the need for a balance or attenuation of femininity by male control, it repeatedly produces instead a proliferation and extenuation of women and their power.

Sol’s ability to penetrate Lucía’s room marks a stark contrast with Juan’s distance and exclusion from the novel’s interior spaces. Even as she pushes Sol away, Lucía expresses a desire to give herself and her possessions entirely over to the other woman: “And Sol looked at Lucía in such a beautiful way, that no sooner had Ana fallen almost asleep, than Lucía approached Sol, took her lovingly by the waist, and once in her room, began to empty with almost feverish gestures her boxes and drawers.

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