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Are the footnotes throughout Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman an instrumental or aesthetic technique, given that some of them are made-up ?

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I have only read a few fiction books that make brilliant use of footnotes.  One is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  In that case the footnotes are a direct conversation between the narrator and the reader and instrumental to the story.  They are part of the story.

In Kiss of the Spider Woman , the footnotes serve the same way at some points.  In addition to providing information about theories on homosexuality in an objective way, they allow the author to speak directly to the reader.  Levine (cited in Wikipedia) described the author’s footnotes as acting “largely as a representation of Puig's political intention...

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