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Disappearing Distinctions in Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Iliac Crest

In The Iliac Crest, a novel named for the curved upper border of the pelvis’s most prominent bone, Cristina Rivera Garza draws a palpable connection between gendered language and gendered violence. With rich, corporeal symbolism, she not only demonstrates how gender classification and the language that serves it disappear marginalized voices from literature and marginalized bodies from the world, but also asks how this tiered disappearance might be tempered.

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Sue Rainsford