Leading Ladies: Mujeres en la literatura hispana y en las artes

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Written by Hispanic and non-Hispanic scholars, these twelve essays — six in English and six in Spanish — disclose how over the past four centuries static and formulaic images of women in Hispanic art and literature have given way to lively and original portrayals. The leading ladies explored in this volume include women who are objects of the male gaze, women who gaze upon the male body, women who are characters, and women who are writers, painters, and filmmakers. The essayists offer a panorama that stimulates ...

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Overview

Written by Hispanic and non-Hispanic scholars, these twelve essays — six in English and six in Spanish — disclose how over the past four centuries static and formulaic images of women in Hispanic art and literature have given way to lively and original portrayals. The leading ladies explored in this volume include women who are objects of the male gaze, women who gaze upon the male body, women who are characters, and women who are writers, painters, and filmmakers. The essayists offer a panorama that stimulates the senses and challenges assumptions as they reveal strategies used by both male and female writers and artists to unmask conventions, identify spaces, and remake paradigms.

Marina Mayoral's introduction traces the representation of the beloved woman in Spanish lyric poetry from the Middle Ages to the present. The contributors and topics that follow include Amy Robinson on the silencing of female voices such as those of Cecilia Valdés and Carmen; Vilma Navarro-Daniels on the writer and historian Carmen Martín Gaite; Lynn Walford's analysis of Mario Vargas Llosa's leading ladies; Katherine Ford's exploration of Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera; Julia Carroll on Puerto Rican writer Giannina Braschi; George Thomas on the poetry of the seventeenth-century Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Alison Tatum-Davis on Carmen Laforet's Nada; Mónica Jato's examination of three female characters from Alfonso Sastre's trilogy Los crímenes extraños; Caryn Connelly on the collaborations of Mexican scriptwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego and film director Arturo Ripstein; Sharon Keefe Ugalde on cinema gender referents in the work of certain Spanish women poets; Carmen García de la Rasilla's study of female surrealist artists; and Mayte de Lama on three short-story characters of the fiction writer Marina Mayoral.

Covering numerous genres, reaching across three continents, and using a variety of critical strategies, Leading Ladies presents a dazzling array of artistic endeavors in which women are of central importance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807130827
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Fuentes is an assistant professor of Spanish at Louisiana State University and the author of El triángulo sentimental en el drama del dieciocho.

Margaret R. Parker is the author of several books, including The Story of a Story across Cultures: The Case of the Doncella Teodor. She is a professor of Spanish at Louisiana State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Cuatro calas en la imagen de la mujer amada en la lirica espanola: Juan Ruiz, Lope de Vega, Melendez Valdes, y Pedro Salinas 1
Part 1 Masking and Unmasking: (Re)Constructing the Past and Present
1 Illegitimacy, Incest, and Insanity: An Analysis of Secrecy in Cecilia Valdes (Cuba, 1882) and Carmen (Mexico, 1882) 49
2 La invencion interminable de la historia deseada en Lo raro es vivir, de Carmen Martin Gaite 60
3 Vargas Llosa's Leading Ladies 70
Part 2 Spaces: Metaphorical, Poetic, Inverted, and Transgressed
4 Spaces Inside Out: Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera 83
5 Spanish Affect and Its Effects: Bilingual Process in Giannina Braschi's Yo-Yo Boing! 93
6 "Obedezco pero no cumplo": La estetica politica de la poesia de ocasion de Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 107
7 Carmen Laforet's Nada: Upward and Outward Bound in Barcelona 119
Part 3 Remakes and Updates: Parody, Duality, Original, and Copy
8 Los personajes femeninos en Los crimenes extranos de Alfonso Sastre: Una reflexion sobre la cultura espanola de la democracia 137
9 Passionate Extremes: Revisions of Gender Types and Archetypes in the Films of Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego 152
10 Remakes: Midcentury Spanish Women Poets and the Gendering of Film Imagery 165
11 Venus en el discurso surrealista femenino espanol 178
12 El falo: Fascinacion y repulsion en tres relatos de Marina Mayoral 193
Contributors 203
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