Mircea Cărtărescu, Travesti [Travesty]

Letitia Guran (Longwood College)
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Victor, the narrator, is fascinated by Lulu, who, while disguised as a girl during a summer camp celebration, forces Victor to touch him intimately, and thus pushes him to choose his sexual identity as a man. The process, which symbolically stands for a journey into maturity, also involves taking hold of a set of haunting memories, which have thus far made Victor asocial, while also granting him access to the realms of unbounded imagination. Along with coming to terms with his own sexuality, Victor’s quest for self-definition consists of a successful, though painful, harnessing of his creative impulses into instruments for probing into the Truth. Sexuality and intellect, body and brain, are interconnected in Victor’s hermaphrodite nature, until the moment he figures out…

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Citation: Guran, Letitia. "Travesti". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=30164, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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