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“Una tercera lectura”: the cinematic reader and the cult of virility in Manuel Puig's El beso de la mujer araña (1976)

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Article of journalThakkara, Amit . “Una tercera lectura”: the cinematic reader and the cult of virility in Manuel Puig's El beso de la mujer araña (1976).  / "Una tercera lectura": el lector cinematográfico y el culto a la virilidad en "El beso de la mujer araña" (1976) de Manuel Puig  Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 2014 vol. 20 no. 1 p. 7-29. Keywords:
Argentina
Cinema, Photography | Literature | Women's and Gender Studies
Puig / Ficción / Cine / Prácticas de lectura / Virilidad / Masculinidad
20th century | 21st century

Abstract:

In El beso de la mujer araña, Manuel Puig encourages a “tercera lectura,” informed by both cinema and literature. He creates a cinematic language reinforced by the spirit of “synthesis” and then incorporates a conceptual discourse which is beyond cinema because of the “límites de atención” of a “lector cinematográfico.” Puig expects readers to draw their own conclusions about the themes which emerge. I argue here that both the themes and aesthetic of the novel can be read as a challenge to the form and content of a literary and filmic “cult of virility.”

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