Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

An Unbecoming Lady of the Camellias: Luiza's Desire for Recognition in O Primo Bazilio

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2003), 80, (3), 399–408.

Abstract

This article both explores the intertextual link between Eça de Queiroz's O Primo Bazilio and Alexandre Dumas's La Dame aux Camélias, and discusses the homosocial relationship between the female protagonists of the former novel, venturing to suggest that Luiza yearns for a recognition that can only be granted through her consumption by the novel's other characters. Through close readings of Eça's text, the article argues that every person with whom Luiza interacts seeks to render her the mirror image of themselves, something which serves as a paradigm for the complex link between recognition and consumption.

Este artigo explora a ligação intertextual entre O Primo Bazílio, de Eça de Queirós e A Dama das Camélias, de Alexandre Dumas e discute a relação homosocial existente entre as protagonistas femininas de O Primo Bazilio, aventurando-se a sugerir que Luiza anseia por um reconhecimento à la Barthes que, na verdade, só obtém ao ser devorada pelas outras personagens do romance. Através de leituras detalhadas do texto queirosiano, este artigo defende que todas as personagens com quem Luiza se relaciona procuram torná-la a imagem-reflexo deles próprios, algo que serve de paradigma para a complexa ligação entre reconhecimento barthesiano e anulação.

Este artículo explora el enlace intertextual entre O Primo Bazilio de Eça de Queiroz y La Dame aux Camélias de Alexandre Dumas. En él también se discute la relación homosocial entre las protagonistas de la novela de Eça, proponiendo así, que Luiza desea profundamente el reconocimiento que sólo puede garantizársele mediante su literal conversión en el Otro. A través de una cuidadosa lectura del texto de Eça, este artículo afirma que toda persona que interactúa con Luiza termina transformándola en su propio reflejo, lo que sirve como paradigma para articular la compleja relación entre los conceptos de reconocimiento y consumo.

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Rothwell, Phillip