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i n d e x
abolition, 42, 129; Brazil and, 18; con-
tamination and, 32, 35
Abraham, 23
absence, 43, 176–77; Borges and, 158,
161, 163; Chejfec and, 170, 172–73,
175; in Respiración artificial, 164–66
aesthetics, 78, 125, 155, 170; betrayal
and, 23; disease and, 30; national
identity and, 29; Nordau and, 46, 50,
54, 60–61; pathology and, 72; vio-
lence and, 156
Africans, 3, 17–18, 100
Afro-Brazilian culture, 84
agency, 10, 110–11, 117; pathology and,
36; Pessach and, 144–45; in “Quem
mais?,” 84; tragedy and, 40
AIDS, 43–45, 72, 114–15
Aids and Its Metaphors (Sontag), 43
Aizenberg, Edna, 13, 88, 156
Alazraki, Jaime, 13
alcohol, 98–99; prostitution and,
100–101
Alencar, José de, 2
“aleph, El” (Borges), 111
Aleph, El (Borges), 88, 156
Algeria, 65
allegory, 164–65, 169
allosemitism, 43. See also anti-Semitism
Al margen de la ciencia (Ingenieros), 31;
Nordau and, 46, 52–53, 60; repug-
nance and, 59
alterity, 1, 6–7, 27, 62, 92–93, 136–
37; absence and, 176–77; Christian
daughters and, 128; contamination
and, 30, 32, 35, 41; conversion and,
153; doctors and, 44; ethnography
and, 148; Fogwill and, 115; function
of, 56; El hablador and, 147, 149;
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