Kiss of the spider woman and Giovanni's room:

Sub Title: a psycho-semiotic approach to literature using queer theory

Author: Garzon, Rhayan and Almira, Chimelle, Almira

Accession Number: 1625-UGT

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Copyright Year: 2015


In this study, Manuel Puig's Kiss of the spider woman and James Bladwin's Giovanni's room were analyzed using psychoanalytic lense and queer theory. The researchers examined the common features, symbols, and metaphors that recur in short stories; to determine how they reveal the authors' views, motivations, actions and imaginative life; and to understand the motivations of the characters and symbols behind them. Analysis revealed that recurring common features in the stories are the following: (1) both stories end in a sad note closely connected to the authors' real life; (2) the theme of exile are prominently features as metaphors of exile felt by both authors. Character motivations, images, and symbols bear striking resemblance to Puig's and Baldwin's past experiences, relationships, conscious behavior and refreshed desires in real life. Novels are punctuated by recurring metaphors and symbols of struggles that permeate homosexuality.

Keywords: psycho-semiotic approach, queer theory, Kiss of the spider woman-short story, Giovanni's room-short story


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