Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works.

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  • Author(s): Devirgilis, Megan1,
  • Source:
    Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839); 2019, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p309-323, 15p
  • Document Type:
    Literary Criticism
  • Additional Information
    • Subjects:
      Lugones, Leopoldo, 1874-1938; La vampira (Short story); Argentine short stories; Argentine literature; Women in literature; Irony in literature; Parody in literature; Femmes fatales in literature
    • Abstract (English):
      This study focuses on the short story 'La vampira' (1899), a previously unstudied text by the Argentine author Leopoldo Lugones (1874–1938). Taking into account his two essays on women written within the same time frame as the story, 'La educación de la mujer: lo que es y lo que debe ser' (1893) and 'La cuestión feminista' (1897), I suggest that while 'La vampira' superficially conforms to the image of the vampiric femme fatale of the late nineteenth-century European literary tradition, the text radically dismantles this image through the use of irony, parody, and a sympathetic gaze towards the female protagonist. Specifically, the text questions traditional modes of representation within the male-dominated European literary tradition, confirms the illusoriness of ideological constructs such as sex and gender norms, and challenges contemporary fears surrounding female autonomy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
    • Abstract (Spanish):
      Este estudio se enfoca en un cuento todavía no observado por la crítica, 'La vampira' (1899) del autor argentino Leopoldo Lugones (1874–1938). Tomando en cuenta sus dos ensayos sobre la mujer escrito alrededor del mismo tiempo que el cuento, 'La educación de la mujer: lo que es y lo que debe ser' (1893) y 'La cuestión feminista' (1897), sugiero que mientras 'La vampira' parece conformarse a la imagen de la mujer fatal vampírica de la tradición literaria europea finisecular, el texto desmonta esta imagen de una manera radical a través del uso de la ironía, la parodia y una mirada simpática hacia la protagonista titular. Específicamente, el texto cuestiona los modos tradicionales de representación dentro de la tradición literaria europea y masculina y los temores acerca de la autonomía femenina a la vez que confirma lo ilusorio que son las construcciones ideológicas genéricas y sexuales. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Temple University
    • ISSN:
      14753839
    • DOI:
      10.3828/bhs.2019.18
    • Accession Number:
      135439996
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DEVIRGILIS, M. megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839), [s. l.], v. 96, n. 3, p. 309–323, 2019. DOI 10.3828/bhs.2019.18. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=135439996&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 5 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Devirgilis M megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839). 2019;96(3):309-323. doi:10.3828/bhs.2019.18.
    • APA:
      Devirgilis, M. megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. (2019). Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839), 96(3), 309–323. https://doi.org/10.3828/bhs.2019.18
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Devirgilis, Megan1, megan.devirgilis@temple.edu. 2019. “Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839) 96 (3): 309–23. doi:10.3828/bhs.2019.18.
    • Harvard:
      Devirgilis, M. megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. (2019) ‘Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839), 96(3), pp. 309–323. doi: 10.3828/bhs.2019.18.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Devirgilis, M megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. 2019, ‘Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839), vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 309–323, viewed 5 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Devirgilis, Megan1, megan.devirgilis@temple.ed. “Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839), vol. 96, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 309–323. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3828/bhs.2019.18.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Devirgilis, Megan1, megan.devirgilis@temple.edu. “Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839) 96, no. 3 (March 2019): 309–23. doi:10.3828/bhs.2019.18.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Devirgilis M megan. devirgilis@temple. ed. Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839) [Internet]. 2019 Mar [cited 2019 Dec 5];96(3):309–23. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=135439996&custid=s6224580