This collection explores the contributions of Hispanic women writers to ongoing Western debates on gender, power, ethics, and the environment, offering a wide range of essays that specifically portray the ways in which contemporary writers focus on issues of global impact in a deliberate and purposeful manner. The contributors analyze texts pertaining to all literary genres, examining a myriad of ethical, philosophical, and political perspectives including feminism, postcolonial theories, cultural and gender studies, information age studies, and ecofeminism.
The book visits continuities and discontinuities among Spanish and Latin American women with regards to the ways in which they approach writing as a political weapon: to express ecological concerns; to denounce social injustice; to re-articulate existing paradigms, such as local versus global, violence versus pacifism, immigrant versus citizen; and to raise consciousness about racist, sexist, and other discriminatory practices. Such use of writing as an instrument of ethical and political exploration is underlined throughout the different articles in the volume as the authors emphasize pluralism, social justice, gender equality, tolerance, and political representation.
This book offers readers a broad perspective on the multiple ways in which Hispanic women writers are explicitly exploring the social, political, and, economic realities of our era and integrating global perspectives and gender concerns into their writing, highlighting the unprecedented level of sociopolitical engagement practiced by 20th and 21st century Hispanic women writers.
Table of Contents
Introduction María Cibreiro and Francisca López Part I: Reshaping Gender By Rethinking Genre 1. Policing Social Injustice: Alicia Giménez Bartlett’s Petra Delicado Series Sandra Kingery 2. Gender and Genre Issues in Dulce Chacón’s Cielos de barro Wesley J. Weaver III 3. Dialogue of Genres: Dystopian Buenos Aires in El niño pez (2004) por Lucía Puenzo Salvador Oropesa Part II. Gender and Violence: Stories of Denunciation and Resistance 4. Writing for My Daughter, My Mother, My Grandmother: The Power of Words Against Women’s Violence in Juana Castro’s Del color de los ríos Ana Osan 5. La Llorona: A Cultural Myth of the Latin American Woman in the 21st Century Melvy Portocarrero 6. Laura Restrepo’s Delirio: A Refoundational Novel Dinora Cardoso Part III. Women and the Environment 7. For a Better World: Alicia Puleo’s Critical Ecofeminism Roberta Johnson 8. Environmental Crisis and the Male Culture in Marie Arana’s Cellophane Amrita Das 9. The Ecological Dimension of Natalia Toledo Paz’s Poetry Ida Kozlowska-Day Part IV: Global Politics from a Gendered Perspective 9. In the Beginning there was Violence: Marvel Moreno’s En Diciembre llegaban las brisas or the Genesis of Power Nadia Celis 11. Toward a Theatre without Borders: The Global Context of Itziar Pascual’s Dramaturgy John P. Gabriele 12. Transcending a Watery Border: Unsettled Bodies and In-Between Subjects in Por la vía de Tarifa Maria DiFrancesco 13. Writing an Engaged Novel in the Network Society Globalization Age: Belén Gopegui, Systemic Narratives, and Globalization Luis L. Prádanos
Estrella Cibreiro is Professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross, US.
Francisca López is Professor of Spanish at Bates College, US.
"The skilled critics' selection of works and explications results in a valuable resource for those interested in progressive literary publications... Recommended" - CHOICE
'This collection of thirteen critical essays exhorts all reader to enact a politics of possibility and advocate for equality at the global and local scales.' - Mari Pino del Rosario, Hispania