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Title:La obra poetica de Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez
Author(s):Wu, Kuan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wilcox, John C.
Department / Program:Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
Abstract:The reason for studying Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez (1793-1859) is to recuperate the poetry of a totally ignored woman writer whose literary activity was intense during the first half of the 19th century.
Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez published both poetry and prose, which ranged in style from Neoclassic to Romantic. Although she was the author of two romantic novels, Teodoro o el huerfano agradecido (1825) and Sofia y Enrique (1829), it is her poetic compositions, Ensayos poeticos, which are the subject of this study. Her Ensayos poeticos were published in three different editions in 1828, 1841, and 1859; they favor pastoral themes and deal with such topics as nature, friendship, and social criticism. Her poetry indicates a clear preference for the neoclassic poetic style; however, it was also influenced by a romantic subjectivity in so far as it expresses feelings such as melancholy and pain. In addition, her poetry displays a feminine consciousness, one that adds a distinctive feature to her work which was written at a time when few women writers dared to voice their rights as women.
The main focus of the dissertation is to present an outline of the life and works of Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez; to analyze the poems of the three editions of Ensayos poeticos; and to discuss in depth her collection of poetic prose, Himno a la luna, published in 1838. The dissertation consists of an introduction, four chapters, and a conclusion. Chapter One gives an account of the life and works of the poet, and it discusses her attitudes toward poetic creation. Chapter Two defines the characteristics and major themes of her poetry. Chapter Three discusses Himno a la luna and provides an account of the influence it received from the French writer Reyrac, author of the prose-poem Hymne au soleil. Chapter Four analyzes Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez' style and versification. A conclusion argues that Vicenta Maturana de Gutierrez deserves attention for her early feminism and for the fact that she bridges the gap between neoclassic and romantic Spanish poetry.
Issue Date:1993
Rights Information:Copyright 1993 Wu, Kuan
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9329204
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9329204

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