Latin American women have long written essays on topics ranging from gender identity and the female experience to social injustice, political oppression, lack of educational opportunities, and the need for female solidarity in a patriarchal environment. But this rich vein of writing has often been ignored and is rarely studied.
This volume of twenty-one original studies by noted experts in Latin American literature seeks to recover and celebrate the accomplishments of Latin American women essayists. Taking a variety of critical approaches, the authors look at the way women writers have interpreted the essay genre, molded it to their expression, and created an intellectual tradition of their own. Some of the writers they treat are Flora Tristan, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Victoria Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Rosario Ferre, Christina Peri Rossi, and Elena Poniatowska.
This book is the first of a two-volume project that will reexamine the Latin American essay from a feminist perspective. The second volume, also edited by Doris Meyer, contains thirty-six essays in translation by twenty-two women authors.
Doris Meyer. Introduction: The Spanish American Essay: A Female Perspective Mary Louise Pratt. "Don't Interrupt Me": The Gender Essay as Conversation and Countercanon Jill S. Kuhnheim. Pariah/Messiah: The Conflictive Social Identity of Flora Tristan Claire Emilie Martin. Slavery in the Spanish Colonies: The Racial Politics of the Countess of Merlin Nancy Saporta Sternbach. "Mejorar la condicion de mi secso": The Essays of Rosa Guerra Nina M. Scott. Shoring Up the "Weaker Sex": Avellaneda and Nineteenth-Century Gender Ideology Francine Rose Masiello. Lost in Translation: Eduarda Mansilla de Garcia on Politics, Gender, and War Mary G. Berg. Writing for Her Life: The Essays of Clorinda Matto de Turner Sandra M. Boschetto-Sandoval. The Self-Constructing Heroine: Amanda Labarca's Reflections at Dawn Doris Meyer. Reciprocal Reflections: Specular Discourse and the Self Authorizing Venture Richard Rosa and Doris Sommer. Teresa de la Parra: America's Womanly Soul Maria Cristina Arambel Guinazu. "Babel" and De Francesca a Beatrice: Two Founding Essays by Victoria Ocampo Gwen Kirkpatrick. Alfonsina Storni as "Tao Lao": Journalism's Roving Eye and Poetry's Confessional "I" Melvin S. Arrington, Jr. Magda Portal, Vanguard Critic Janet N. Gold. Yolanda Oreamuno: The Art of Passionate Engagement Martha Lafollette Miller. The Ambivalence of Power: Self-Disparagement in the Newspaper Editorials of Rosario Castellanos Ardis L. Nelson. Carmen Naranjo and Costa Rican Culture Beth E. Jorgensen. Margo Glantz, Tongue in Hand Elena Gascon Vera. Sitio a Eros: The Liberated Eros of Rosario Ferre Marjorie Agosin. Vision and Transgression: Some Notes on the Writing of Julieta Kirkwood Rosemary Geisdorfer Feal. Cristina Peri Rossi and the Erotic Imagination Irene Matthews. Woman Watching Women, Watching List of Contributors