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Diamela Eltit: Reading the Mother
     

Diamela Eltit: Reading the Mother

by Mary Green
 
The Chilean author, Diamela Eltit, whose work spans the periods of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and the Transition to Democracy (1990-), is one of the most innovative and challenging writers in contemporary Latin America. This book focuses on the representation of motherhood in Eltit's first six novels and, through a chronological series of close readings,

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The Chilean author, Diamela Eltit, whose work spans the periods of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990) and the Transition to Democracy (1990-), is one of the most innovative and challenging writers in contemporary Latin America. This book focuses on the representation of motherhood in Eltit's first six novels and, through a chronological series of close readings, argues that the maternal body and mother-child relations are crucial for an understanding of the critical challenge posed by Eltit's narrative oeuvre, too frequently dismissed as 'hermetic'. An analysis of the novels' structure and language reveals how Eltit seeks to reconfigure the foundations of symbolic structures and so incorporate the mother as a subject. Although the study draws on a feminist psychoanalytic framework to explore Eltit's continuous disarticulation of key concepts that emanate from the West, specifically in relation to the formation of gender and sexuality, the work of the major Chilean cultural theorist, Nelly Richard, is also used to situate Eltit's work within the political and cultural context of Chile. MARY GREEN lectures in Hispanic Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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Green's book is a lucid, comprehensive, and accessible study of this Chilean author, and will undoubtedly be useful to students and scholars of contemporary Chilean women's writing. With its specific focus on motherhood, it addresses some of the existing gaps in Eltit scholarship and should therefore be seen as an important contribution to our understanding of this writer and her work. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW(An) excellent monograph. (It) is a well informed and meticulous study whose close readings open up meaningful avenues for reflection that will serve both experts and students. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES Of great interest and great value to postgraduate students and academics. (...) Provide(s) a very useful indication of how texts, contexts, theories and perspectives can come together to illuminate new paths. JOURNAL OF IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781855661554
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Series:
Monografías A , #249
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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