Margarida Rebelo Pinto, objecto de estudo académico (2004)


«The settings are unashamedly middle-class: all the protagonists have cars, credit cards and maids. The maids, secretaries, receptionists, policemen and shop assistants provide background colour but are distinguished from the main characters by their incorrect speech or strong accents, their interior decorating, their clothes and their manners. The bad taste of the lower classes and the nouveaux-riches is described scornfully and gleefully by both characters and narrators: tracksuits, shoes with tassels, extreme mini-skirts, excess cleavage or man-made fabrics. The assumption of what is good taste and what is bad is never questioned. This clear-cut class divide is patronising and perpetuates stereotyped images of both the bourgeoisie and the working class. Relationships that cross class barriers are frowned upon and broken up by the heroines wherever possible.»

Uma análise muito british, por Claire Williams, da Universidade de Liverpool: Não há coincidências? Women’s Writing in Portugal in 1974 and 2004.

«Lesbians are even less visible in this kind of literature. Rebelo Pinto’s plain, overweight, bitter Maria do Carmo falls in love with her sister-in-law Kika, another “Ugly Duckling” (PCN, 80), and leaves her husband. Her behaviour is explained gradually, as details of her past are revealed: her father was a womaniser who beat her mother into submission and abused her sister. Ironically, Maria do Carmo is one of the few characters whose story ends happily. Lina is another lesbian, a peripheral character who is colourful and eccentric, but nobody’s fool. She is described affectionately (?) as “a chefe do bando das fufas de 1,47m, daquelas baixinhas poderosas que, quando levantam o sobrolho, são capazes de silenciar uma sala repleta de homens” (PCN, 209). These portrayals are extreme and cartoon-like, serving to reinforce stereotypical ideas about homosexuals, confirming preconceived ideas about their appearance, their taste and situating them firmly outside the mainstream – “they” are not “people like us”.»

Um artigo para o congresso da Universidade de Utrecht, THE VALUE OF LITERATURE IN AND AFTER THE SEVENTIES: THE CASE OF ITALY AND PORTUGAL, acontecido em 2004.

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