In 1959, when the sophisticated magazine Senhor was launched in Rio de Janeiro, the renowned writer Clarice Lispector was invited to join this new publishing venture targeted at educated upper-class men. As a separated woman in need of an income to support herself and her two children, Lispector accepted the offer, regularly contributing with chronicles/stories, and starting at the end of 1961 a column that she named “Children's Corner” in the section “Sr. & Cía.” These contributions are fragmentary, exploratory, somewhat hinting at failure. This article reads Lispector’s texts for Senhor as interventions that enact a rupture in a narrative of growth, progress, and development geared towards a hetero-reproductive future. As it unsettles this ideology, Lispector’s “Children’s Corner” also stages new modes of relationality that defy the ideas of human exceptionalism and human mastery over matter and nature.

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Fall 2019

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Copyright © 2019 Mariela Méndez. This article first appeared in the Journal of Lusophone Studies 4:2 (2019): Special Dossier on Clarice Lispector's Journalism: 103-123.

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Méndez, Mariela. "O sucesso do inacabado: Clarice Lispector e sua 'Children’s Corner' na revista Senhor." Journal of Lusophone Studies 4, no. 2 (Fall 2019): Special Dossier on Clarice Lispector's Journalism: 103-123.