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Changing Women, Changing Nation

Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives

Yajaira M. Padilla

Publication Year: 2012

Analyzes the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives since 1980.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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p. v

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pp. vii-viii

Books are never an individual enterprise. Without institutional support and the generosity of colleagues, friends, and family, one would be hard-pressed to accomplish such a feat. A New Faculty Research Grant and General Research Fund Grant provided...

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Introduction: Writing Women into Nation, War, and Migration

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pp. 1-13

During the brief span of the last three decades, El Salvador has been witness to some of its most defining political, social, and economic transformations, including a twelve-year civil war dating from 1980 to 1992, a postwar neoliberal...

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Chapter 1: Campesina as Nation: Feminine Resistance and Power in Manlio Argueta’s Un día en la vida and Cuzcatlán: Donde bate la Mar del Sur

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pp. 15-42

By the time Manlio Argueta published his seminal novel, Un día en la vida, in 1980, war had become an unavoidable reality in the country. The Farabundo Martí Liberation Front (FMLN), a unified political block consolidated in 1980 and comprising...

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Chapter 2: Making Militants and Mothers: Rethinking the Image of the Guerrillera in Women’s Revolutionary Testimonios

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pp. 43-70

In the years leading up to and during the Salvadoran civil war, a series of testimonios and hybrid texts that included testimonios as part of their larger narrative projects were authored by or written about female combatants in the left’s revolutionary...

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Chapter 3: Setting La diabla Free: Women, Violence, and the Struggle for Representation in Postwar El Salvador

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pp. 71-92

The signing of the Peace Accords in 1992 marked the end of El Salvador’s twelve-year civil war and initiated a new phase of “reform.” Similar to Southern Cone countries that had begun the process of national reconstruction a decade earlier...

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Chapter 4: ¿Hermanas lejanas?: Female Immigrant Subjectivities and the Politics of Voice in the Salvadoran Transnational Imagined Community

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pp. 93-122

En route from El Salvador’s international airport in Colapa to the capital city of San Salvador stands the Great Arch of the Emigrant Alliance. Erected in 1994, barely two years after the signing of the Peace Accords, the monument...

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Chapter 5: Salvadoran-American Sleuthing in the U.S. South and Beyond: McPeek Villatoro’s Romilia Chacón Mysteries Series

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pp. 123-151

In the prologue to Home Killings, the first installment of the Romilia Chacón mystery series by Marcos McPeek Villatoro, Romilia, lead detective and protagonist, provides readers with a snapshot view of her complex subjectivity...

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pp. 153-157

In March 2008, the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “Grad Puts Central America on the Map.” The story focused on the accomplishments of Vanessa Guerrero, a young student of Salvadoran descent who was the first individual...


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pp. 159-169

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pp. 171-182


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pp. 183-191

E-ISBN-13: 9781438442785
E-ISBN-10: 1438442785
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438442778
Print-ISBN-10: 1438442777

Page Count: 254
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 809317786
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Subject Headings

  • Salvadoran fiction -- History and criticism.
  • Revolutionary literature, Salvadoran -- History and criticism.
  • Women in literature.
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature.
  • El Salvador -- In literature.
  • American fiction -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism.
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