Feminism, Subjectivity, and the Angel of the House in the Latin American Novel, 1887–1903
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Penn State University Press
Series: Penn State Romance Studies
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this project has benefited from the support and insight of people I hold in the highest esteem. Many thanks to Naomi Lindstrom for reading an early version of this manuscript and providing, with good humor and encouragement, invaluable...
Horacio Barreda, son of the illustrious Mexican Positivist philosopher Gabino Barreda, edited the periodical Revista Positiva (Positivist Journal) from 1901 to 1913. His assertions about women’s intellectual deficiencies appeared in the...
1. Women’s Imagined Roles in Nineteenth-Century Mexico: Seclusion in the Midst of Progress and Early Feminist Reactions
Between 1810 and 1821, women in Mexico temporarily put aside their primary duties as wives and mothers to take part in the Wars of Independence. Wartime provided an opportunity for women to break out of their domestic routines...
2. Coming of Age(ncy): Refugio Barragán de Toscano’s La hija del bandido
La Hija del Bandido (The Bandit’s Daughter ) by the Mexican writer Refugio Barragán de Toscano is an adventure novel, set in the transitional period between the twilight of Spanish colonial Mexico and the dawn of the struggle...
3. Women in Peru: National and Private Struggles for Independence
If one were to look at a graph charting women’s participation in public life in Peru through the nineteenth century, it would consist of a peak in activity in the first two decades, followed by a sharp decline in the new republic at midcentury...
4. New Models for New Women: Rethinking Cinderella’s Virtues and Humanizing the Stepmother in Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera’s Blanca Sol
5. Women as Body in Puerto Rico: Medicine, Morality, and Institutionalizations of Sexual Oppression in the Long Nineteenth Century
Decades before the wars of independence erupted across the continent, Puerto Rico had been struggling economically because of scarcity of gold in its mines, attacks by Caribs, sackings from various European pirates and privateers...
6. Sexual Agency in Ana Roqué’s Luz y sombra: A Subversion of the Essentialized Woman
The Puerto Rican novelist and women’s rights activist Ana Roqué fought for a change in the national standard for women that would include education, a variety of career options, the vote, and (through her fictional representations of women...
This journey has led us through the times and minds of Refugio Barragán, Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera, and Ana Roqué. We have rediscovered their texts; traveled into the past to recognize the symbolic social value of their fiction...