A Companion to Latin American Women Writers

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This volume offers a critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles. Many of these women have attained the highest literary honours: Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Prize in 1945; Clarice Lispector attracted the critical attention of theorists working mainly outside the Hispanic area; others have made such telling contributions to particular strands of literature ...
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Overview

This volume offers a critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles. Many of these women have attained the highest literary honours: Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Prize in 1945; Clarice Lispector attracted the critical attention of theorists working mainly outside the Hispanic area; others have made such telling contributions to particular strands of literature that their names are immediately evocative of specific currents or styles. Elena Poniatowska is associated with testimonial writing; Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are known for the magical realism of their texts; others, such as Juana de Ibarbourou and Laura Restrepo remain relatively unknown despite their contributions to erotic poetry and to postcolonial prose fiction respectively. The distinctiveness of this volume lies in its attention to writers from widely differing historical and social contexts and to the diverse theoretical approaches adopted by the authors. Brígida M. Pastor teaches Latin American literature and film at the University of Glasgow . Her publications include Fashioning Cuban Feminism and Beyond, El discurso de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: Identidad Femenina y Otredad; and Discursos Caribenhos: Historia, Literatura e Cinema Lloyd Hughes Davies teaches Spanish American Literature at Swansea University. His publications include Isabel Allende, La casa de los espíritus and Projections of Peronism in Argentine Autobiography, Biography and Fiction.
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A useful introduction to students wishing to specialise in the contribution of women writers to the genre. The present volume is without doubt a worthy contribution to the publisher's Companions series. REFERENCE REVIEWS (R)eaders will find in the Companion insightful introductions to authors too often overlooked. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855662360
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Series: Monografías A , #304
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Feminine Voice in Latin American Literature Brigida M. Pastor Lloyd Hughes Davies 1

1 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648/517-1695) Nina M. Scott 23

2 Gertrudis Gömez de Avellaneda (1814-1873) Brigida M. Pastor 37

3 Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) Joanna Crow 55

4 Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) Jo Evans 69

5 Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993) Fiona J. Mackintosh 83

6 Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) Stephen Hart 95

7 Rosario Castellanos (1925-1974) Nuala Finnegan 105

8 Elena Poniatowska (1933-) Teresa Hurley 123

9 Alejandra Pizarnik (1936-1972) John McCulloch 137

10 Luisa Valenzuela (1938-) Sharon Magnarelli 149

11 Isabel Allende (1942-) Philip Swanson 159

12 Rosario Ferré (1938-) Denise Dupont 169

13 Laura Esquivel (1950- ) Claire Taylor 183

14 Laura Restrepo (1950- ) Lloyd Hughes Davies 197

Conclusion Brigida M. Pastor Lloyd Hughes Davies 213

Bibliography 217

Index 241

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