A Physically Powerful Woman: Luzia-Homem by Domingos Olímpio

A Physically Powerful Woman: Luzia-Homem by Domingos Olímpio <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article analyzes the character of Luzia in the Brazilian novel <i>Luzia-Homem</i> (1903), by Domingos Olímpio. Trained by her father to become a cowboy, Luzia has uncommon physical strength and receives the nickname Luzia-Homem. While literary critics have analyzed the impossibility or inappropriateness of Luzia&apos;s masculinity, I examine the relation between her femininity and masculinity. The theoretical framework is based on Jack Halberstam&apos;s research on female masculinity, Lynne Segal&apos;s and Raewyn Connell&apos;s analyses of masculinities, and Kimberlé Crenshaw&apos;s concept of intersectionality. I argue that Luzia performs a female masculinity that suits the most-desired masculinity of her social context, although she is rejected by the townspeople because her heterosexuality is not visible. Following an intersectional approach, I suggest her death implies that poor black women who perform female masculinities cannot have a future. Traditional society prevents the complex intersection of female masculinity, skin color, and class that Luzia represents and transgresses.</p><p>Abstract:</p><p>Este ensaio analisa a personagem de Luzia no romance brasileiro <i>Luzia-Homem</i> (1903) de Domingos Olímpio. Treinada por seu pai para ser vaqueiro, Luzia tem uma força física incomum e recebe o apelido de "Luzia-Homem." Em vez de discutir se a masculinidade dela é ficcional ou inapropriada, como críticos já fizeram, este artigo examina a relação entre a feminilidade e a masculinidade de Luzia. O marco teórico utiliza a pesquisa de Jack Halberstam sobre masculinidades femininas, a de Lynne Segal e Raewyn Connell sobre masculinidades e a de Kimberlé Crenshaw sobre interseccionalidade. Propõe-se que a masculinidade de Luzia se converte na mais desejada de seu contexto, embora Luzia seja rejeitada porque sua heterossexualidade não é visível. Afirma-se que a morte da personagem indica que mulheres negras pobres que performam masculinidades femininas não têm um futuro no romance. A intersecção que Luzia representa assim como suas transgressões não são desejadas.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Luso-Brazilian Review University of Wisconsin Press

A Physically Powerful Woman: Luzia-Homem by Domingos Olímpio

Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 56 (2) – Jan 28, 2020

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article analyzes the character of Luzia in the Brazilian novel <i>Luzia-Homem</i> (1903), by Domingos Olímpio. Trained by her father to become a cowboy, Luzia has uncommon physical strength and receives the nickname Luzia-Homem. While literary critics have analyzed the impossibility or inappropriateness of Luzia&apos;s masculinity, I examine the relation between her femininity and masculinity. The theoretical framework is based on Jack Halberstam&apos;s research on female masculinity, Lynne Segal&apos;s and Raewyn Connell&apos;s analyses of masculinities, and Kimberlé Crenshaw&apos;s concept of intersectionality. I argue that Luzia performs a female masculinity that suits the most-desired masculinity of her social context, although she is rejected by the townspeople because her heterosexuality is not visible. Following an intersectional approach, I suggest her death implies that poor black women who perform female masculinities cannot have a future. Traditional society prevents the complex intersection of female masculinity, skin color, and class that Luzia represents and transgresses.</p><p>Abstract:</p><p>Este ensaio analisa a personagem de Luzia no romance brasileiro <i>Luzia-Homem</i> (1903) de Domingos Olímpio. Treinada por seu pai para ser vaqueiro, Luzia tem uma força física incomum e recebe o apelido de "Luzia-Homem." Em vez de discutir se a masculinidade dela é ficcional ou inapropriada, como críticos já fizeram, este artigo examina a relação entre a feminilidade e a masculinidade de Luzia. O marco teórico utiliza a pesquisa de Jack Halberstam sobre masculinidades femininas, a de Lynne Segal e Raewyn Connell sobre masculinidades e a de Kimberlé Crenshaw sobre interseccionalidade. Propõe-se que a masculinidade de Luzia se converte na mais desejada de seu contexto, embora Luzia seja rejeitada porque sua heterossexualidade não é visível. Afirma-se que a morte da personagem indica que mulheres negras pobres que performam masculinidades femininas não têm um futuro no romance. A intersecção que Luzia representa assim como suas transgressões não são desejadas.</p>

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