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Title:Hacia una poetica feminista Latino Americana: Ana Maria Rodas, Maria Mercedes Carranza y Gioconda Belli
Author(s):Kearns, Sofia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Borgeson, Paul W.
Department / Program:Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Latin American
History, Latin American
Literature, Caribbean
Women's Studies
Abstract:This dissertation explores the ways in which three contemporary Latin American women--Ana Maria Rodas from Guatemala, Maria Mercedes Carranza from Colombia, and Gioconda Belli from Nicaragua--deal with the traditional concept "Woman" in their poetry. Analysis of their textual responses to that concept shows a rejection of religious and cultural myths related to women through the use of irony, a criticism of expected feminine social postures through the use of humor, a subvertion of traditional associations such as land-woman-object, woman-guilt and woman-virtue, a rejection and assimilation of the female body as the "dark continent," a problematization and reconceptualization of motherhood, and a problematization and a re-writing of nationhood. The most important topics in these women's poetry--women's sexuality, the concept of love, and the concept of nationhood--provide the basis for this analysis.
Poetry, as one among various signifying practices in which women's images are produced and reproduced, reflects how these writers are documenting or changing the way contemporary Latin American women see themselves or are seen by society. The poetic ways in which these writers respond to the imposed patriarchal concept "Woman" show a growing awareness and assimilation of the feminism of the second wave in Latin America.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Kearns, Sofia
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9624382
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9624382

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