<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article analyzes the character of Luzia in the Brazilian novel <i>Luzia-Homem</i> (1903), by Domingos OlÃmpio. 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's masculinity, I examine the relation between her femininity and masculinity. The theoretical framework is based on Jack Halberstam's research on female masculinity, Lynne Segal's and Raewyn Connell's analyses of masculinities, and KimberlÃ© Crenshaw'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 OlÃmpio. Treinada por seu pai para ser vaqueiro, Luzia tem uma forÃ§a fÃsica incomum e recebe o apelido de "Luzia-Homem." Em vez de discutir se a masculinidade dela Ã© ficcional ou inapropriada, como crÃticos jÃ¡ fizeram, este artigo examina a relaÃ§Ã£o entre a feminilidade e a masculinidade de Luzia. O marco teÃ³rico utiliza a pesquisa de Jack Halberstam sobre masculinidades femininas, a de Lynne Segal e Raewyn Connell sobre masculinidades e a de KimberlÃ© Crenshaw sobre interseccionalidade. PropÃµe-se que a masculinidade de Luzia se converte na mais desejada de seu contexto, embora Luzia seja rejeitada porque sua heterossexualidade nÃ£o Ã© visÃvel. Afirma-se que a morte da personagem indica que mulheres negras pobres que performam masculinidades femininas nÃ£o tÃªm um futuro no romance. A intersecÃ§Ã£o que Luzia representa assim como suas transgressÃµes nÃ£o sÃ£o desejadas.</p>
Luso-Brazilian Review – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Jan 28, 2020
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