Shapes of Violence on the Narratives of Selva Almada

  • Santiago Deymonnaz Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Argentine literature, Selva Almada, violence, politics


The work of Selva Almada (Entre Ríos, Argentina, 1973) appears in tune with two tendencies of current Latin American literature inventoried by critics: the invention of peripheral spaces in forgotten provinces in response to processes of deterritorialization and transnationalization; and the creation of intimate microworlds that insist on the construction of subjective identities, often adopting a view from childhood. The ability of her work to bind together these trends rests on an element that acts as pivot and narrative core and that is at the center of our analysis, namely, the different shapes of violence that run through her stories: the recurring theme of death, the silent and internalized aggressiveness, the gender violence, and the violent inscription of language. All these modes design a particular topology of violence that becomes the most significant feature of her narrative and that gives it its special relevance to think our present. Departing from some current reflections on violence, this article deals with the shapes it acquires in the Almada’s work published until today.

Author Biography

Santiago Deymonnaz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

an independent researcher and professor of Latin American literature at the Carlos III International School (UC3M). He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Buenos Aires, specializing in the area of literary theory, and received his PhD at New York University, with a thesis focused on the intersections between literature and psychoanalysis. The result of this research is his book Lacan en el cuarto contiguo: usos de la teoría en la literatura argentina de los años setenta (2015). His articles and congress contributions have focused on the appropriations of other discourses by literature and on the political dimension of these operations, in the context of Latin American literature at the end of 20th century and the beginning of 21st.


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How to Cite
DEYMONNAZ, Santiago. Shapes of Violence on the Narratives of Selva Almada. Ameryka Łacińska. Kwartalnik Analityczno-Informacyjny, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 104-105, p. 3-16, dec. 2019. ISSN 2081-1152. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 june 2020.