Machado’s Wounded Males

  • Luiz Fernando Valente
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


Luiz Fernando Valente’s seminal chapter explores the relationship between patriarchal power and its rigid expectations of heteronormative male identity by analyzing the ways in which Machado’s male characters are haunted by specters of inadequacy and impotence, inflicting painful psychological wounds on them. Valente demonstrates how Machado’s works, particularly the short stories “Wedding Song” (1883) and “Midnight Mass” (1894) and novel Lord Taciturn (1899), reveal wounds that dictate masculine identities and permanently distort these characters’ relationships. Although Machado’s analysis is grounded in the social and historical context of nineteenth-century Brazil, Valente argues thatit contains a modern treatment of gender issues and reveals an understanding of questions of masculinity that is far ahead of its time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luiz Fernando Valente
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  1. 1.Department of Portuguese and Brazilian StudiesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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