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Translating Trans-Subjects: Translation and Subjectivity in Leopoldo Alas's La Regenta and Su único hijo

Christopher R Carter, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Considerations of the novelistic works of Leopoldo Alas--more famously known by his pen name, Clarín--have been bound by binaries, a fact illustrated by the dichotomy of poetry and prose that is most often used to frame discussions of Clarín’s work. This tendency continues when critics consider the subjective positions that his characters inhabit, as scholarly debate on this topic has focused on either the agency or determinism that is used to construct Clarín’s characters. Yet, Clarín’s own conception of poetry and prose did not adhere to such rigid categorizations; instead, he portrayed the borderline between the two as much more fluid, changing and unstable. Therefore, this dissertation aims to reread Clarín’s novels La Regenta (1884-1885) and Su único hijo (1890), interpreting his protagonists as translators who embody a trans-subjectivity that transcends binary formulations and which correlates with Bracha Ettinger’s matrixial subjective model. I argue that the degree to which they engage in translation practices conditions their ability to manifest such a trans-subjectivity and that, as translating trans-subjects, the ambiguity that permeates their subjective position is an aspect of their subjective understanding that is foundational and primary.

Subject Area

Romance literature|Translation studies|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Carter, Christopher R, "Translating Trans-Subjects: Translation and Subjectivity in Leopoldo Alas's La Regenta and Su único hijo" (2020). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI28031347.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI28031347

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