Contemporary Mexican Women Writers

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Contemporary Mexican Women Writers

Five Voices

By Gabriella de Beer

Interviews with five prominent Mexican women writiers.

1996

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6 x 9 | 278 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-71586-8

Mexican women writers have moved to the forefront of their country's literature in the twentieth century. Among those who began publishing in the 1970s and 1980s are Maria Luisa Puga, Silvia Molina, Brianda Domecq, Carmen Boullosa, and Angeles Mastretta. Sharing a range of affinities while maintaining distinctive voices and outlooks, these are the women whom Gabriella de Beer has chosen to profile in Contemporary Mexican Women Writers.

De Beer takes a three-part approach to each writer. She opens with an essay that explores the writer's apprenticeship and discusses her major works. Next, she interviews each writer to learn about her background, writing, and view of herself and others. Finally, de Beer offers selections from the writer's work that have not been previously published in English translation. Each section concludes with a complete bibliographic listing of the writer's works and their English translations.

These essays, interviews, and selections vividly recreate the experience of being with the writer and sharing her work, hearing her tell about and evaluate herself, and reading the words she has written. The book will be rewarding reading for everyone who enjoys fine writing.

Acknowledgments
Introduction

María Luisa Fuga
    About the Author and Her Writing
    Conversations with the Writer
    Representative Selections
        One [“Uno,” from Las razones del lago]
        Lucrecia [“Lucrecia,” from Intentos]
        The Guests [“Los invitados,” Unpublished Story]
    Bibliography

Silvia Molina
    About the Author and Her Writing
    Conversations with the Writer
    Representative Selections
        The New House [“La casa nueva,” from Dicen que me case yo]
        What Would You Have Done? [“¿Qué hubieras hecho?,” from Dicen que me case yo]
        The Problem [“El problema,” from Imagen de Héctor]
    Bibliography

Brianda Domecq
    About the Author and Her Writing
    Conversations with the Writer
    Representative Selections
        Balzac [“Balzac,” from Bestiario doméstico]
        In Memoriam [“In memoriam,” from Bestiario doméstico]
        Galatea [“Galatea,” from Bestiario doméstico]
    Bibliography

Carmen Boullosa
    About the Author and Her Writing
    Conversations with the Writer
    Representative Selections
        III [“III,” from Antes]
        Mary, Why Don’t You? [“Propusieron a María,” from Teatro herético]
    Bibliography

Angeles Mastretta
    About the Author and Her Writing
    Conversations with the Writer
    Representative Selections
        Aunt Clemencia Ortega [“Tía Clemencia Ortega,” from Mujeres de ojos grandes]
        Aunt Cristina Martínez [“Tía Cristina Martínez,” from Mujeres de ojos grandes]
        Memory and Precipice [“Memoria y acantilado,” from Puerto libre]
    Bibliography
Conclusion
Further Readings

Gabriella de Beer is Professor of Spanish at the City College of New York.

"A fine, fluidly readable volume. . . . For each of the writers—Carmen Boullosa, Brianda Domecq, Angeles Mastretta, Silvia Molina, and María Luisa Puga—the author includes background information (life and work); conversational interviews; representative selections; and bibliography with suggestions for further reading. . . . Recommended for all literature collections, this work would also be useful reading for courses in Latin American studies, translation, and women's studies."
—Choice

"The five writers chosen for this text are currently the most popular, interesting, and important writers in Mexico. . . . This book provides much insight into what female writers believe that writing is all about."
—Dick Gerdes, Professor of Spanish, University of New Mexico