Rosa Tapia deposited Cuerpo, transición y nación en “Una mala noche la tiene cualquiera” on Humanities Commons 4 years, 7 months ago
This essay is an analysis of Eduardo Mendicutti’s portrayal of transgender bodies and voices in the context of Spain’s democratic transition. In “Una mala noche la tiene cualquiera,” the protagonist’s transgender body functions as a critical but problematic vehicle for the representation of the new national body between 1975 and 1982, following the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The novel’s stream of consciousness style allows it to question the fallacious reconstruction of a liberated and homogenous identity during this period. The protagonist’s fantasies reveal a desire to belong in the new and triumphant national body. However, her yearning is frustrated by ideological disenchantment and the specter of violence conjured by a failed coup d’état. Sinister ghosts from a recent past still haunt a present where non-normative identities and voices like the protagonist’s continue to be repressed and silenced.