Rewriting Womanhood: Feminism, Subjectivity, and the Angel of the House in the Latin American Novel, 1887-1903

Rewriting Womanhood: Feminism, Subjectivity, and the Angel of the House in the Latin American Novel, 1887-1903

by Nancy LaGreca
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271034386

ISBN-13: 9780271034386

Pub. Date: 02/27/2009

Publisher: Penn State University Press

"In Rewriting Womanhood, Nancy LaGreca explores the subversive refigurings of womanhood in three novels by women writers: La hija del bandido (1887) by Refugio Barragan de Toscano (Mexico; 1846-1916), Blanca Sol (1888) by Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera (Peru; 1845-1909), and Luz y sombra (1903) by Ana Roqui (Puerto Rico; 1853-1933). While these women were both…  See more details below

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"In Rewriting Womanhood, Nancy LaGreca explores the subversive refigurings of womanhood in three novels by women writers: La hija del bandido (1887) by Refugio Barragan de Toscano (Mexico; 1846-1916), Blanca Sol (1888) by Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera (Peru; 1845-1909), and Luz y sombra (1903) by Ana Roqui (Puerto Rico; 1853-1933). While these women were both acclaimed and critiqued in their day, they have been largely overlooked by contemporary mainstream criticism. Detailed enough for experts yet accessible to undergraduates, graduate students, and the general reader, Rewriting Womanhood provides ample historical context for understanding the key women's issues of nineteenth-century Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico; clear definitions of the psychoanalytic theories used to unearth the rewriting of the female self; and in-depth literary analyses of the feminine agency that Barragan, Cabello, and Roque highlight in their fiction." Rewriting Womanhood reaffirms the value of three women novelists who wished to broaden the ruling-class definition of woman as mother and wife to include woman as individual for a modern era. As such, it is an important contribution to women's studies, nineteenth-century Hispanic studies, and sexuality and gender studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271034386
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
02/27/2009
Series:
Penn State Romance Studies, #6
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Women's Imagined Roles in Nineteenth-Century Mexico: Seclusion in the Midst of Progress and Early Feminist Reactions 28

2 Coming of Age(ncy): Refugio Barragan de Toscano's La hija del bandido 53

3 Women in Peru: National and Private Struggles for Independence 78

4 New Models for New Women: Rethinking Cinderella's Virtues and Humanizing the Stepmother in Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera's Blanca Sol 102

5 Women as Body in Puerto Rico: Medicine, Morality, and Institutionalizations of Sexual Oppression in the Long Nineteenth Century 124

6 Sexual Agency in Ana Roque's Luz: y sombra: A Subversion of the Essentialized Woman 149

Conclusions 171

Works Cited 177

Index 195

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