Name: Isabela de Souza Dantas
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 28/07/2021

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Maria Mirtis Caser Advisor *

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Ana Beatriz Rodrigues Gonçalves External Alternate *
Andréia Penha Delmaschio External Examiner *
Ester Abreu Vieira de Oliveira Internal Alternate *
Fabíola Simão Padilha Trefzger Internal Examiner *
Maria Mirtis Caser Advisor *

Summary: This research proposes an analysis of the book A obscena senhora D (1982), by Hilda
Hilst, a writer from São Paulo, aiming to investigate the way in which dichotomous
traits such as life-death, sacred-profane, divine-human and lucidity-madness are
reversible, converge between themselves and highlight the enigmatic aspect that
surrounds the Hilst literary universe. From the narrative that unveils the protagonist`s
perceptions of the world, it is also verified how Hillé`s experiences build the three main
thematic axes identified in the selected fictional corpus – namely, eroticism, death and
the idea of God. Thus, to achieve the proposed objective, the work relies on
bibliographical research on Hilst fiction as a methodology. At the same time, it is also
concerned with the review of specialized literature in relation to the themes analyzed,
based on concepts postulated by philosophy and psychoanalysis in consonance with
literary theories. The theoretical framework used includes Georges Bataille, Jacques
Derrida, Simone de Beauvoir and Shoshana Felman, whose reflections help to explore
the issues contained in A obscena senhora D.
Keywords: Contemporary Brazilian Literature. Hilda Hilst – A obscena senhora D.
Eroticism. God. Death.

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