The Will to Heal
Psychological Recovery in the Novels of Latina Writers
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
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This book is the result of research, conversations, and writing that occurred in many locations and in the company of various colleagues and friends. I would like to thank Norma Klahn, Lea Fletcher, Anah
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âShe took three steps and realized that it hadnât ended, no: it had just begun.â With these thoughts, the protagonist of Luisa Valenzuelaâs novel, La travesÃa/The Crossing, initiates a painful journey to recover what she would rather forget. Her journey takes her in two directions: she travels back through difficult memories to Buenos Aires, ...
1: Lifting the Weight of Terror: Disembodiment in Alina DiaconÃºâs El penÃºltimo viaje
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Published in the aftermath of the Argentine Dirty War (1976â1983), the novels of Alina DiaconÃº, Manuela Fingueret, and Luisa Valenzuela address both the experience of the dictatorship and the struggle to come to terms with it. Through their novels these authors have participated in the battle over the representation of this recent pastâthe ...
2: Surviving Terror: Mourning Loss in Manuela Fingueretâs Hija del silencio
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In various ways, the postdictatorship discussion of loss, stagnation,and mourning in Argentina echoes responses to trauma and (in)translatability posed in the aftermath of the Shoah. George Steinerâs claim in 1967 that the Shoah had thoroughly destroyed language and relegated Jews to perpetual silence is not unrelated to Idelber Avelarâs observation ...
3: Going Home: Returning from Exile in Luisa Valenzuelaâs La travesÃa
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Published in the summer of 2001, Luisa Valenzuelaâs La travesÃa narrates one womanâs psychological journey of return to Buenos Aires after living in exile for twenty years. As in the authorâs other works, the novel is imaginatively inspired by her lived experiences. Much like the protagonist of La travesÃa, Valenzuela was one of...
4: (Un)romancing Mexico: Sexual Healing in Sara Sefchovichâs Demasiado amor
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Until recently, Sara Sefchovich, a professor of sociology at the Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de Mexico, was known primarily for her academic books, including IdeologÃa y ï¬cciÃ³n en Luis Spota (1985) and MÃ©xico, paÃs de ideas, paÃs de novelas (1987). Like many other scholars and authors who began to write after the national crisis of ...
5: Crossing with an Angel: Spiritual Cure in Laura Restrepoâs Dulce compaÃ±Ãa
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In the last decade, one of the most interesting and underexamined characteristics of Latin American novels authored by women is the recourse to representations of spiritual transformation as a form of personal and collective response to repression and violence.1 As Francine Masiello...
6: No Way Home: Traumatic Returns in Ana Castilloâs The Mixquiahuala Letters
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What is the âhomelandâ of my relatives? What is my relation-ship to this homeland? What are my cultural roots? In search of a new understanding of the cultural self, in the mid-1980s and 1990s, Chicana authors began posing these questions in their literature. Mixing autobiography and ï¬ction, they have explored the personal ...
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Throughout writing this book, I have been keenly aware of the geographical, cultural, and temporal distances that separate the authors and their novels. For these authors write from and about countriesâ Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and...
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Publication Year: 2007