Women and Power in Argentine Literature

9780292716490: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2007

15 b&w photos

Dimensions: 156 x 235

Number of Pages: 392

Series Texas Pan American Literature in Translation

University of Texas Press

Women and Power in Argentine Literature

Stories, Interviews, and Critical Essays

Paperback / £20.99

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."

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Elvira Orphée
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Elvira Orphée
    • "Justice Shall Be Done"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Two: Angélica Gorodischer
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Angélica Gorodischer
    • "How to Succeed in Life"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Three: Marcela Solá
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Marcela Solá
    • "Natural Paradises"
    • Kind's Silence (Excerpt from El silencio de Kind)
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Four: Luisa Valenzuela
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Luisa Valenzuela
    • "Tango"
    • "The Key"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Five: Tununa Mercado
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with the Tununa Mercado
    • "Combatant Love"
    • "Delirious Love"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Six: Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Elvira Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
    • "The Blond Madonna" (Excerpt from Eva Perón: A Biography)
    • "White, Black, Red" (Excerpt from Eva Perón: A Biography)
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Seven: Liliana Heer
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Liliana Heer
    • "Red Summer"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Eight: Liliana Heker
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Liliana Heker
    • "They Live Far Away"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Nine: Alina Diaconú
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Alina Diaconú
    • "The Evil Eye"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Ten: María Kodama
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with María Kodama
    • "Leonor"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Eleven: Cristina Siscar
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Cristina Siscar
    • "Hoop, Thread, and Canvas"
    • "The Bra"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Twelve: Ana María Shua
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Ana María Shua
    • "The Spinal Column"
    • Death as a Side Effect (Excerpt from La muerte como efecto secundario)
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Thirteen: Alicia Kozameh
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Alicia Kozameh
    • "Impression of Heights"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Fourteen: Esther Cross
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Esther Cross
    • "The Recipe"
    • "Appearances"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Chapter Fifteen: Ana Quiroga
    • The Author and Her Work
    • Conversation with Ana Quiroga
    • "A Little Bit Farther"
    • Publications and Translations
  • Index

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