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Gender and the Self in Latin American Literature

By Emma Staniland

Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages

Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

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This book explores texts from across Central and South America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a range of novels from the late twentieth century, the author explores thematic concerns in terms of their role in elucidating a literary journey towards agency: that is, towards the articulation of a socially and personally viable female gendered identity, mindful of both the hegemonic discourses that constrain it, and the possibility of their deconstruction and reconfiguration.

Myth, exile and the female body are the three central themes for understanding the personal, social and political aims of the 1980s Post-Boom women writers analysed in this volume: Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Ángeles Mastretta, Sylvia Molloy, Cristina Peri Rossi and Zoé Valdés. These writers’ adoption, and adaptation, of an eighteenth-century European literary genre is seen here to reshape the global canon as much as it works to reshape our understanding of gendered identities as socially constructed, culturally contingent, and open-ended.

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Emma Staniland is a Teaching Fellow in Spanish and Spanish American studies at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests include Spanish American women’s writing, North American literature, Latino/a culture and literature, genre studies, and feminist literary theory.

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Description: By Emma Staniland. This book explores texts from across Central and South America in which the coming-of-age story ('Bildungsroman') offers a critique of gendered selfhood as experienced in the region’s socio-cultural contexts. Looking at a...
Categories: Literature & Gender Studies, Latin American Literature, 20th Century Literature, Spanish Literature, Women's Literature, Novel, The Body, Women's Studies