Truth, Violence, and Domestic Space: Contesting Patriarchal Ontology in José Triana’s "La noche de los asesinos" and Ariel Dorfman’s "La muerte y la doncella"

  • Axel Perez Trujillo University of Alberta


This paper analyzes the staging of domestic space and gender reversals in José Triana's La noche de los asesinos and Ariel Dorfman's La muerte y la doncella.  Both aspects indicate the intersection between space and identity, especially in regards to the enforcement of patriarchal order.  Although differing in their political contexts, both plays explore the oppression and containment of fixed gender and spatial values under authoritarian regimes and how such repression leads to a reversal of gender identities and the emergence of liminal spaces.