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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 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

Details

First Published: 18 Oct 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781855662360
Pages: 260
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Tamesis Books
Series: Monografías A
Subject: Hispanic Studies
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 24 Oct 2014

Contents

  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz [1648/51?-1695]
  • 3  Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda [1814-1873]
  • 4  Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)
  • 5  Alfonsina Storni [1892-1938]
  • 6  Silvina Ocampo [1903?-1993]
  • 7  Clarice Lispector [1920-1977]
  • 8  Rosario Castellanos [1925-1974]
  • 9  Elena Poniatowska [1933- ]
  • 10  Alejandra Pizarnik [1936-1972]
  • 11  Luisa Valenzuela [1938- ]
  • 12  Isabel Allende [1942- ]
  • 13  Rosario Ferré [1942- ]
  • 14  Laura Esquivel [1950- ]
  • 15  Laura Restrepo [1950- ]
  • 16  Conclusion
  • 17  Bibliography



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