Women and Power in Argentine Literature: Stories, Interviews, and Critical Essays

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - 392 páginas
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The astonishing talent of Argentine women writers belies the struggles they have faced—not merely as overlooked authors, but as women of conviction facing oppression. The patriarchal pressures of the Perón years, the terror of the Dirty War, and, more recently, the economic collapse that gripped the nation in 2001 created such repressive conditions that some writers, such as Luisa Valenzuela, left the country for long periods. Not surprisingly, power has become an inescapable theme in Argentine women's fiction, and this collection shows how the dynamics of power capture not only the political world but also the personal one. Whether their characters are politicians and peasants, torturers and victims, parents and children, or lovers male and female, each writer explores the effects of power as it is exercised by or against women.

The fifteen writers chosen for Women and Power in Argentine Literature include famous names such as Valenzuela, as well as authors anthologized for the first time, most notably María Kodama, widow of Jorge Luis Borges. Each chapter begins with a "verbal portrait," editor Gwendolyn Díaz's personal impression of the author at ease, formed through hours of conversation and interviews. A biographical essay and critical commentary follow, with emphasis on the work included in this anthology. Díaz's interviews, translated from Spanish, and finally the stories themselves—only three of which have been previously published in English—complete the chapters. The extraordinary depth of these chapters reflects the nuanced, often controversial portrayals of power observed by Argentine women writers. Inspiring as well as insightful, Women and Power in Argentine Literature is ultimately about women who, in Díaz's words, "choose to speak their truth regardless of the consequences."

 

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INTRODUCTION
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1 Elvira Orphée
19
2 Angélica Gorodischer
41
3 Marcela Solá
67
4 Luisa Valenzuela
89
5 Tununa Mercado
121
6 Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
141
7 Liliana Heer
161
9 Alina Diaconú
213
10 María Kodama
233
11 Cristina Siscar
257
12 Ana María Shua
277
13 Alicia Kozameh
307
14 Esther Cross
339
15 Ana Quiroga
365
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8 Liliana Heker
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Página vii - Sainthood"], of a wise woman selling herbs [our root workers], or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
Página vii - Burns blazes out and proves its presence. But certainly it never got itself on to paper. When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils...
Página vii - So I wasn't dreaming, after all,' she said to herself, 'unless — unless we're all part of the same dream. Only I do hope it's MY dream, and not the Red King's! I don't like belonging to another person's dream...
Página vii - Me tiñera el cabello de plateado y violeta, Usara peplo griego, cambiara la peineta Por cintillo de flores: miosotis o jazmines, Cantara por las calles al compás de violines, O dijera mis versos recorriendo las plazas Libertado mi gusto de vulgares mordazas? ¿Irían a mirarme cubriendo las aceras? ¿Me quemarían como quemaron hechiceras? ¿Campanas tocarían para llamar a misa? En verdad que pensarlo me da un poco de risa.
Página 6 - If sexuality is culturally constructed within existing power relations, then the postulation of a normative sexuality that is "before," "outside," or "beyond" power is a cultural impossibility and a politically impracticable dream, one that postpones the concrete and contemporary task of rethinking subversive possibilities for sexuality and identity within the terms of power itself.
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Página 6 - Renaissance, and that if power seduces, it is precisely — what the naive realists of politics will never understand — because it is simulacrum and because it undergoes a metamorphosis into signs and is invented on the basis of signs.
Página 6 - Power, rather than the law, encompasses both the juridical (prohibitive and regulatory) and the productive (inadvertently generative) functions of differential relations. Hence, the sexuality that emerges within the matrix of power relations is not a simple replication or copy of the law itself, a uniform repetition of a masculinist economy of identity. The productions swerve from their original purposes and inadvertently mobilize possibilities of "subjects...

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GWENDOLYN DÍAZ is Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Program in Literature at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

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