Rereading The Spanish American Essay

Rereading The Spanish American Essay

by Doris Meyer (Editor)

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"The essays are clearly chosen to be different in style and content from the 'malestream' canon, and the book as a whole is full of old friends and welcome new surprises.... It will be of interest not only to Latin Americanists, but also to the wider community interested in non-European gender studies and cultural studies."

—Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University

Latin American intellectual history is largely founded on essayistic writing. Women's essays have always formed a part of this rich tradition, yet they have seldom received the respect they merit and are often omitted entirely from anthologies.

This volume and its earlier companion, Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, seek to remedy that neglect. This book collects thirty-six notable essays by twenty-two women writers, including Flora Tristan, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Victoria Ocampo, Alfonsina Storni, Rosario Ferré, Christina Peri Rossi, and Elena Poniatowska. All of the essays are here translated into English for the first time, many by the same scholars who wrote critical studies of the authors in the first volume. Each author's work is also prefaced by a brief biographical sketch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292751828
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Texas Pan American Series
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Doris Meyer is the Roman S. and Tatiana Weller Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Victoria Ocampo: Against the Wind and the Tide (UT Press).

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Flora Tristan
    • On Divorce
  • The Countess of Merlin
    • The Women of Havana
  • Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
    • Women
  • Eduarda Mansilla de García
    • Life on the Pampas
  • Juana Manuela Gorriti
    • Juana Azurduy de Padilla
    • Emma Verdier
    • Chincha
  • Soledad Acosta de Samper
    • The Mission of the Woman Writer in Spanish America
  • Clorinda Matto de Turner
    • Francisca Zubiaga de Gamarra
    • The Woman Worker and the Woman
  • Alfonsina Storni
    • An Old Story
    • Letter to the Eternal Father
    • Against Charity
    • The Immigrant Girl
    • Women and Love
  • Victoria Ocampo
    • Babel
    • Woman and Her Expression
  • Amanda Labarca Hubertson
    • About Courage
    • Personal Pages
  • Magda Portal
    • Platforms for Living
    • Toward the New Woman
  • Teresa de la Parra
    • The Influence of Women in the Formation of the American Soul
  • Gabriela Mistral
    • Victoria Ocampo
    • Similarities and Differences between the Americas
  • Nellie Campobello
    • My Books
  • Yolanda Oreamuno
    • Tropical Myths and the Costa Rican Environment
    • Protest against Folklore
  • Rosario Castellanos
    • Mexican Customs
  • Carmen Naranjo
    • Cultural Crisis in Costa Rica
  • Margo Glantz
    • Two Hundred Blue Whales
    • My Writing Is …
  • Rosario Ferré
    • Woman’s Authenticity in Art
  • Julieta Kirkwood
    • Feminists and Political Women
  • Cristina Peri Rossi
    • New Year’s Eve at Daniel’s
    • The Fantasy of the Passive Object: Inflatable Dolls
  • Elena Poniatowska
    • The Last Turkey
  • List of Contributors
  • Contents of Volume One, Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

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