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Victoria Ocampo

Victoria Ocampo
Against the Wind and the Tide

In this first biographical study in English of “la superbe Argentine,” originally published in 1979, Doris Meyer considers Victoria Ocampo’s role in introducing European and North American writers and artists to the South American public—through the pages of her review, through translations of their work, and through lecture tours and recitations.

Series: Texas Pan American Series, Texas Pan American Series

November 1989
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$32.95
332 pages | 6 x 9 |
ISBN: 
978-0-292-78710-0
Description: 

The "first lady of Argentine letters," Victoria Ocampo is best known as the architect of cultural bridges between the American and European continents and as the founder and director of Sur, an influential South American literary review and publishing house.

In this first biographical study in English of "la superbe Argentine," originally published in 1979, Doris Meyer considers Victoria Ocampo's role in introducing European and North American writers and artists to the South American public—through the pages of her review, through translations of their work, and through lecture tours and recitations. She examines Ocampo's personal relationships with some of the most illustrious writers and thinkers of this century—including José Ortega y Gasset, Rabindranath Tagore, Count Hermann Keyserling, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Monnier, Vita Sackville-West, Gabriela Mistral, and many others. And she portrays an extraordinary woman who rebelled against the strictures of family and social class to become a leading personality in the fight for women's rights in Argentina and, later, a steadfast opponent of the Perón regime, for which she was sent to jail in 1953.

Fifteen of Victoria Ocampo's essays, selected from her more than ten volumes of prose and translated by Doris Meyer, complement the biographical study.

Contents: 
  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Embarking on a Sweet Sea
    • The Ocampos and the Aguirres
    • An Intersection in the Gran Aldea
    • The Early Years
    • Childhood and Schooling
  • Chapter Two: Charting the Course
    • Books and Heroes
    • Dreams and Frustrations
    • Letters to Delfina
    • A Gilded Cage
    • An Error and Its Penalty
    • Art for Life’s Sake
  • Chapter Three: Widening Horizons
    • José Ortega y Gasset
    • Rabindranath Tagore
    • Count Hermann Keyserling
  • Chapter Four: Barriers and Bridges
    • A Clearer Vision
    • Rediscovering Europe
    • A Soul Without a Passport
    • Sur
    • Virginia Woolf and Gilded Butterflies
  • Chapter Five: The Eye of the Storm
    • The Beginnings of Argentine Feminism
    • The Argentine Women’s Union
    • Prelude to Perón
    • Feminism and the Perón Regime
    • A Victim of the Regime
    • Gabriela Mistral and Freedom
    • A Postscript
  • Chapter Six: Chronicles of an Adventurer
    • Literature as Testimony
    • Writing “Like a Woman”
    • A Woman’s Mission
    • The Symmetry of the Spirit
  • Photographs
  • A Selection of Essays by Victoria Ocampo, translated by Doris Meyer
    • Sarmiento’s Gift
    • Fani
    • A King Passes By
    • María de Maeztu
    • Living History
    • Adrienne Monnier
    • Woman, Her Rights and Her Responsibilities
    • Virginia Woolf in My Memory
    • The Forest
    • Gabriela Mistral and the Nobel Prize
    • The Man With the Whip
    • Albert Camus
    • Heroes With and Without Space Suits
    • The Last Year of Pachacutec
    • Women in the Academy
  • Chapter Notes
  • Essay Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
Author: 

Doris Meyer is Roman S. & Tatiana Weller Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.

Reviews: 

“The first biographical study in English of a woman who was not only an extraordinary and successful personality in the world of Argentinian letters but a symbol of female rebellion and freedom as a woman.... in all an excellent comprehensive introduction to this remarkable woman for English-speaking audiences.”
British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain