Dictee- fragmentation, repetition and gender representation

In this book the repetition is directly link with the anxiety and the impossibility of representing a subjectivity that has been absent from historical discourse. To speak about the story of these women is an attempt to include them in an alternative narration which cannot be completely coherent. The emergence of fragmented subjects, with fragmented speech and fragmented bodies is a gesture that challenges the notion of “progress” behind historical narratives. Moreover, these women emerge as a compulsive repetition (I think that the pronoun “she” is the most repeated the text), as a symptom of a voice that was repressed in a male-centered society.

Nevertheless, the use of repetition is not only related with the emergence of a subject but as a way of unifying the fragmented text. The strong sense of rhythm gives coherence and a sense of harmony among the different characters and episodes. It is also presenting the text as a ritual in which repetition and rhythm are part of a sacred process that is allowing the existence of a new subject. In this sense, the woman subjectivity depends on the evocative nature of language and the possibility of creating a different temporality, an outside from history and time. For these reasons, I consider that the book is proposing a strategic transcendentalism in order to make possible the representation of the self through words rather than through a structured speech.

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