Pés vivos in "El queso del quechua" by Glauco Mattoso

  • Alejandro Castro New York University
Keywords: Poetry, Brazil, foot fetishism, psychoanalysis, anthropophagy


This paper approaches "El queso del quechua," the Spanish-language translation of Brazilian writer Glauco Mattoso’s short story "O quitute do quíchua," on the basis of certain central concepts: fetishism, anthropophagy, blindness, coprophagy, and sadomasochist entelechy. It intends to analyze the book itself, released by an Argentine cartonera publishing house, as an object, as well as the story contained within it. Cecilia Palmeiro translated the work, having already published research on the relationship between Mattoso’s work and the consumption of waste. This paper explores the relation between the academy and the cultural field, as well as the presence of a living, acting, mutable, and performative element in Mattoso’s literature.

Author Biography

Alejandro Castro, New York University

Alejandro Castro is currently a PhD Candidate at New York University. He is the co-editor of Deborah Castillo: Performing Power (forthcoming by HemiPress).