O talking back da “negra africana”: o ser desencarnado e silenciado da empregada doméstica Janair em A paixão segundo G.H.

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Francisco Pires

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In Clarice Lispector’s A paixão segundo G.H., the character Janair is a black maid who becomes a remarkable presence precisely because of her physical absence. The character G.H., narrator of the book and Janair's former employer, expresses an eloquent silence about this Afro-Brazilian character, defining Janair as “an black African woman” and stressing her struggle to connect with Janair: “I shuddered when I finally realized that this woman was an invisible”. Due to a discriminatory process that derives from the intersection of race, class and gender, Janair occupies the space socially marked by invisibility. In Lispector’s book, the maid seems to come from another reality, looming metaphorically as a foreign, relegated, disembodied figure.




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Pires, F. (2019). O talking back da “negra africana”: o ser desencarnado e silenciado da empregada doméstica Janair em A paixão segundo G.H. Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, 8(1-2), 167-189. Retrieved from https://tidsskrift.dk/bras/article/view/114836
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Francisco Pires, New York University

Francisco Quinteiro Pires is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University with a dissertation entitled The Violence of Miscegenation: A Critique of the Production of Senses, Spaces, and Identities in the Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cinema. His research focuses on the racialized and gendered representation of subjectivities in contemporary movies produced in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone African countries.

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