Sentient Narratives: Similes, Metaphors, and Dusmic Poetics Within the Senses

  • Roberta Hurtado
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


This chapter analyzes Alba Ambert’s A Perfect Silence in conjunction with spatial cognitive development studies of sensory perception to identify the importance of metaphor and simile as a method for sentient-flesh experiences to be conveyed as part of a healing project, with an emphasis on metaphor. The question that emerges, and as inquiry within trauma studies shows, healing from trauma can require a moment of psychic shattering. As such, and as Gloria Anzaldúa shows, reaching conocimiento requires that how individuals and communities experience and acknowledge their previous traumas must be resituated. This novel’s construction of metaphors and similes that represent sensory perceptions of taste, sight, sound, feeling, and smell indicate the ways that sentient-flesh experiences violence. Further, these depictions transform the flesh into a site where—during the creation of consciousness—it can transform and be understood as not just the flesh, alone, but instead intricately linked to sentience as they work together to create a whole being.


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  • Roberta Hurtado
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  1. 1.State University of New York at OswegoOswegoUSA

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