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“This is my place, Mama Nadi’s”: Feminine Spaces and Identity in Lynn Nottage ́s Ruined
"This is my place, Mama Nadi’s": espacios femeninos e identidad en Ruined de Lynn Nottage

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Méndez García, Carmen M. (2012) “This is my place, Mama Nadi’s”: Feminine Spaces and Identity in Lynn Nottage ́s Ruined. Investigaciones Feministas, 3 . pp. 129-139. ISSN 2171-6080

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5209/rev_INFE.2012.v3.41141




Abstract

Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (2009) takes place at Mama Nadi’s, a brothel in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the civil war. Female identities, both physical and psychical, are constantly threatened (about to crumble, about to be “in ruins”) by a masculine world of war and violence. The brothel as a business setting becomes a quasi-domestic setting and a sanctuary where identities can be, however feebly, defined and preserved within the unstable walls of feminine solidarity. The use and exploitation of the corporeal female space by clients of the brothel are described in spatial terms that replicate the exploitation of the rich mineral land in Congo. Ultimately, Ruined reminds us that the borders of one’s space, both in the physical world and when pertaining to one’s identity, are constantly subject to transgression, invasion, and ruin.

Resumen (otros idiomas)

Ruined (2009), de Lynn Nottage, se desarrolla en el burdel de Mama Nadi, en la República Democrática del Congo durante la Guerra civil. Las identidades femeninas, tanto físicas como psíquicas, se ven constantemente amenazadas (a punto de derrumbarse, de convertirse en “ruinas”) por un mundo masculino de guerra y violencia. El prostíbulo, un negocio, se convierte en espacio semi-doméstico y santuario donde es posible definir y preservar una identidad, acaso mínima, dentro de los muros inestables de la solidaridad femenina. El uso y explotación del cuerpo femenino por parte de los clientes del prostíbulo se describe en términos espaciales que recuerdan a la explotación de la riqueza mineral de la tierra del Congo. Ruined nos recuerda, finalmente, que las fronteras del espacio propio, en lo que respecta al mundo físico y a nuestra identidad, están constantemente amenazadas por la trasgresión, la invasión, y la ruina.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Space, Identity, Violence, Women, Lynn Nottage
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Espacio, Identidad, Violencia, Mujeres, Lynn Nottage
Subjects:Humanities > Philology
Humanities > Philology > Criticism
Humanities > Philology > Literature
Humanities > Philology > Theater
Humanities > Philology > English philology
ID Code:32495
Deposited On:24 Jul 2015 07:47
Last Modified:18 Dec 2018 08:49

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