Latin American Women’s Narrative: Practices and Theoretical Perspectives

This volume, featuring texts in English and Spanish, deals with the works of major women writers in Spanish America and analyzes the novel, the short story, and testimonio writing of the second half of the twentieth century. It places their work in context by highlighting the importance of women’s voices from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, including the most recent poetics of zafarrancho and guerrilla narratives. The book gathers the critical works of prominent feminist scholars who, in the last quarter century, have developed a women writers’ canon for Spanish American letters. In doing so they have reshaped our understanding of Latin America’s cultural history. This wide-ranging collection offers a detailed feminist analysis of women’s writing in its historical context and gives new insights into the works of such key writers as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Diamela Eltit.

Sara Castro-Klarén (Johns Hopkins University) is the author of Escritura, transgresión y sujeto en la literatura latinoamericana and co-editor of Women’s Writing in Latin America.