Avenging Assassins: Women and Power in Rosario Tijeras (1999) by Jorge Franco and La Reina del Sur (2002) by Arturo Pérez Reverte

Title: Avenging Assassins: Women and Power in Rosario Tijeras (1999) by Jorge Franco and La Reina del Sur (2002) by Arturo Pérez Reverte
Authors: Baker, Pascale
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11961
Date: 19-Jun-2019
Online since: 2021-02-17T11:28:59Z
Abstract: Narco/sicaresque novels with a female killer at their core are uncommon, indicative of society’s gendering of violence which marks female killers as deviant and the macho-posturing of narco-culture which marginalizes women. This article examines two narco-novels about female killers propelled into the drugs business to avenge violence, but who wield power very differently, according to their status in the cartel and the narrative strategies adopted. Rosario Tijeras’s violence is sexualized around her femme-fatale allure which undermines her agency, particularly as she is spoken for by an infatuated male narrator. Rosario, controlled by cartel bosses, exercises little control over her textual representation or her life. La Reina del Sur offers parallel narratives: from the perspective of the main character, Teresa Mendoza, and from a journalist who is researching her story for his novel. Teresa thus gains a measure of control over her narrative representation and her life and progresses to lead an international drugs network. These texts turn readers into detectives, not to find the killers, but to unravel the motivations of women in the drugs trade and to debate the ways they can exercise power in these violent hyper-masculine worlds which become, both in Spain and Mexico, an eternal crime scene, implicating law enforcement, local government and any other supposedly legitimate agency willing to be ‘bought’.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Peter Lang
Copyright (published version): 2019 Peter Lang
Keywords: Latin American literatureFemale characterisationsSicaresca antioqueñaNarco-novela
DOI: 10.3726/b10994
Other versions: https://www.peterlang.com/view/9781787074378/xhtml/chapter01.xhtml
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Lange, C., Peate, A. (eds.). Crime Scenes: Latin American Crime Fiction from the 1960s to the 2010s
ISBN: 9781787074354
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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