CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Making the Invisible, Visible: The Body and the Nation in Laura Ruiz Montes’ A Ciegas

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Publication Title

Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship

ISSN

2474-5766

Volume

5

Issue/No.

1

First Page

1

Last Page

14

Abstract

This study analyzes A Ciegas, a one-act playby the Cuban writer Laura Ruiz Montes (Matanzas, 1966). In this work, Ruiz Montes relies upon both the erotic (specifically the female body) and the supernatural, to underscore the complex nature of gender and sexuality within Cuba’s national history. In A Ciegas, the female body and female sexuality appear in the shadows, “invisible” within the nation. Ruiz Montes juxtaposes present and past, realism and the supernatural, and heterosexual and homosexual desire in order to elucidate the various forms of difference that remain outside official national discourses.

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