Fetishism as Theatrical Device in Nelson Rodrigues's Os Sete Gatinhos

Isadora Grevan de Carvalho


In this essay, I examine the concept of fetish and how it manifests itself as Brazilian social structures in the theater of Nelson Rodrigues. I offer a particularly detailed study of fetish in Rodrigues’s Os Sete Gatinhos. Here fetish serves to illuminate gender relations and the patriarchal family as a cultural myth to be deconstructed, as well as working to reveal the connections between space, bodies, performativity, and power in Brazilian society.


Brazilian theater; modernism; psychoanalysis; masquerade; Gilberto Freyre

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21471/jls.v1i2.108

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