Rereading the Spanish American Essay

[ Latin American Studies ]

Rereading the Spanish American Essay

Translations of 19th and 20th Century Women’s Essays

Edited by Doris Meyer

This book collects thirty-six notable essays by twenty-two women writers, including Flora Tristan, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Victoria Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Rosario Ferré, Christina Peri Rossi, and Elena Poniatowska.

1995

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6 x 9 | 336 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-75182-8

Latin American intellectual history is largely founded on essayistic writing. Women's essays have always formed a part of this rich tradition, yet they have seldom received the respect they merit and are often omitted entirely from anthologies.

This volume and its earlier companion, Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, seek to remedy that neglect. This book collects thirty-six notable essays by twenty-two women writers, including Flora Tristan, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Victoria Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Rosario Ferré, Christina Peri Rossi, and Elena Poniatowska. All of the essays are here translated into English for the first time, many by the same scholars who wrote critical studies of the authors in the first volume. Each author's work is also prefaced by a brief biographical sketch.

Preface
Flora Tristan
    On Divorce
The Countess of Merlin
    The Women of Havana
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
    Women
Eduarda Mansilla de García
    Life on the Pampas
Juana Manuela Gorriti
    Juana Azurduy de Padilla
    Emma Verdier
    Chincha
Soledad Acosta de Samper
    The Mission of the Woman Writer in Spanish America
Clorinda Matto de Turner
    Francisca Zubiaga de Gamarra
    The Woman Worker and the Woman
Alfonsina Storni
    An Old Story
    Letter to the Eternal Father
    Against Charity
    The Immigrant Girl
    Women and Love
Victoria Ocampo
    Babel
    Woman and Her Expression
Amanda Labarca Hubertson
    About Courage
    Personal Pages
Magda Portal
    Platforms for Living
    Toward the New Woman
Teresa de la Parra
    The Influence of Women in the Formation of the American Soul
Gabriela Mistral
    Victoria Ocampo
    Similarities and Differences between the Americas
Nellie Campobello
    My Books
Yolanda Oreamuno
    Tropical Myths and the Costa Rican Environment
    Protest against Folklore
Rosario Castellanos
    Mexican Customs
Carmen Naranjo
    Cultural Crisis in Costa Rica
Margo Glantz
    Two Hundred Blue Whales
    My Writing Is …
Rosario Ferré
    Woman’s Authenticity in Art
Julieta Kirkwood
    Feminists and Political Women
Cristina Peri Rossi
    New Year’s Eve at Daniel’s
    The Fantasy of the Passive Object: Inflatable Dolls
Elena Poniatowska
    The Last Turkey
List of Contributors
Contents of Volume One, Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

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 (UT Press).

"The essays are clearly chosen to be different in style and content from the 'malestream' canon, and the book as a whole is full of old friends and welcome new surprises.... It will be of interest not only to Latin Americanists, but also to the wider community interested in non-European gender studies and cultural studies."
—Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University

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