Date of Award

5-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Modern Foreign Languages

Major Professor

Oscar Rivera-Rodas

Committee Members

Michael Handelsman, Luis Cano, LaVinia Jennings

Abstract

Griselda Gambaro’s work had been studied previously under the confrontation of victims and their oppressors where the oppressor’s role is played by male characters while women play the victim part. However, in Gambaro’s four monologues that were written in 1970 and 1974, just before the Argentinean military dictatorship that took place in 1976, there were no male characters.

However Gambaro’s monologues, even without male characters, illustrate the violence, repression and stark violations of human rights in an “apparently” democratic time in Argentina. This is possible because the women characters plunder their passive feminine identity by acquiring male behaviors full of aggression which threatens their own elimination. The details of the role of women as victims and oppressors are described in this dissertation.

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