The Kiss of the Spider Woman Essay

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In the following review, Barbara P. Fulks outlines the theme of Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman, the polemical nature of sexuality and revolutionary politics. Fulk calls attention to Puig's "innovative" narrative techniques, as well as his uses of themes and techniques which call into question such wideranging issues as assumptions of gender identity, language, and psychoanalytic and Marxist theory.

Puig's fourth novel, published in Spain in 1976 and in English translation in 1979, deals with the polemical nature of the relationship between sexuality and revolutionary politics. The conflict between power and sex, and their functions in society, is embodied in the two protagonists, Valentín Arregui Paz and Luis Alberto Molina. The isolated setting of the novel, a prison cell, emphasizes the problem of language and communication between two individuals who experience different realities. Molina, a male homosexual who feels that he is a woman, colours his world...

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