Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay

[ Latin American Studies ]

Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay

Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Edited by Doris Meyer

This volume of twenty-one original studies by noted experts in Latin American literature seeks to recover and celebrate the accomplishments of Latin American women essayists.



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6 x 9 | 256 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-72387-0

Latin American women have long written essays on topics ranging from gender identity and the female experience to social injustice, political oppression, lack of educational opportunities, and the need for female solidarity in a patriarchal environment. But this rich vein of writing has often been ignored and is rarely studied.

This volume of twenty-one original studies by noted experts in Latin American literature seeks to recover and celebrate the accomplishments of Latin American women essayists. Taking a variety of critical approaches, the authors look at the way women writers have interpreted the essay genre, molded it to their expression, and created an intellectual tradition of their own. Some of the writers they treat are Flora Tristan, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Victoria Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Rosario Ferré, Christina Peri Rossi, and Elena Poniatowska.

This book is the first of a two-volume project that will reexamine the Latin American essay from a feminist perspective. The second volume, also edited by Doris Meyer, contains thirty-six essays in translation by twenty-two women authors.

Doris Meyer. Introduction: The Spanish American Essay: A Female Perspective
Mary Louise Pratt. “Don’t Interrupt Me”: The Gender Essay as Conversation and Countercanon
Jill S. Kuhnheim. Pariah/Messiah: The Conflictive Social Identity of Flora Tristan
Claire Emilie Martin. Slavery in the Spanish Colonies: The Racial Politics of the Countess of Merlin
Nancy Saporta Sternbach. “Mejorar la condición de mi secso”: The Essays of Rosa Guerra
Nina M. Scott. Shoring Up the “Weaker Sex”: Avellaneda and Nineteenth-Century Gender Ideology
Francine Rose Masiello. Lost in Translation: Eduarda Mansilla de García on Politics, Gender, and War
Mary G. Berg. Writing for Her Life: The Essays of Clorinda Matto de Turner
Sandra M. Boschetto-Sandoval. The Self-Constructing Heroine: Amanda Labarca’s Reflections at Dawn
Doris Meyer. Reciprocal Reflections: Specular Discourse and the Self Authorizing Venture
Richard Rosa and Doris Sommer. Teresa de la Parra: America’s Womanly Soul
María Cristina Arambel Guiñazú. “Babel” and De Francesca a Beatrice: Two Founding Essays by Victoria Ocampo
Gwen Kirkpatrick. Alfonsina Storni as “Tao Lao”: Journalism’s Roving Eye and Poetry’s Confessional “I”
Melvin S. Arrington, Jr.. Magda Portal, Vanguard Critic
Janet N. Gold. Yolanda Oreamuno: The Art of Passionate Engagement
Martha Lafollette Miller. The Ambivalence of Power: Self-Disparagement in the Newspaper Editorials of Rosario Castellanos
Ardis L. Nelson. Carmen Naranjo and Costa Rican Culture
Beth E. Jörgensen. Margo Glantz, Tongue in Hand
Elena Gascón Vera. Sitio a Eros: The Liberated Eros of Rosario Ferré
Marjorie Agosín. Vision and Transgression: Some Notes on the Writing of Julieta Kirkwood
Rosemary Geisdorfer Feal. Cristina Peri Rossi and the Erotic Imagination
Irene Matthews. Woman Watching Women, Watching
List of Contributors

Doris Meyer is the Roman S. and Tatiana Weller Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Victoria Ocampo: Against the Wind and the Tide.

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