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

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dc.contributor.authorBaker, Pascale-
dc.date.copyright2019 Peter Langen_US
dc.description.abstractNarco/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’.en_US
dc.publisherPeter Langen_US
dc.relation.ispartofLange, C., Peate, A. (eds.). Crime Scenes: Latin American Crime Fiction from the 1960s to the 2010sen_US
dc.rightsThis is an Accepted Manuscript that has been published in Lange, C., Peate, A. (eds.). Crime Scenes: Latin American Crime Fiction from the 1960s to the 2010s. The original work can be found at: https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/61823 © Peter Lang. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectLatin American literatureen_US
dc.subjectFemale characterisationsen_US
dc.subjectSicaresca antioqueñaen_US
dc.titleAvenging Assassins: Women and Power in Rosario Tijeras (1999) by Jorge Franco and La Reina del Sur (2002) by Arturo Pérez Reverteen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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