O sucesso do inacabado: Clarice Lispector e sua “Children’s Corner” na revista Senhor

  • Mariela Méndez University of Richmond
Keywords: New Materialisms, post-humanism, gender, modernization, progress


In 1959, when the sophisticated magazine Senhor was launched in Rio de Janeiro, the renowned writer Clarice Lispector was invited to join this new publishing venture targeted at educated upper-class men. As a separated woman in need of an income to support herself and her two children, Lispector accepted the offer, regularly contributing with chronicles/stories, and starting at the end of 1961 a column that she named “Children's Corner” in the section “Sr. & Cía.” These contributions are fragmentary, exploratory, somewhat hinting at failure. This article reads Lispestor’s texts for Senhor as interventions that enact a rupture in a narrative of growth, progress, and development geared towards a heteroreproductive future. As it unsettles this ideology, Lispector’s “Children’s Corner” also stages new modes of relationality that defy the ideas of human exceptionalism and human mastery over matter and nature.