A dream of light & shadow: portraits of Latin American women by Marjorie Agosin

By Marjorie Agosin

Marjorie Agos?n has amassed in A Dream of sunshine and Shadow: pix of Latin American ladies Writers a wealth of very intimate, unique essays at the most eminent girl figures in Latin American literature from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. a few of them are recognized to the area: Gabriela Mistral and Violeta Parra for instance. a few haven't but been well-known even in the borders of their very own nations. What all of those ladies have in universal is that each one creates her personal area in defiance of the bounds imposed upon her through society and is ready to locate freedom via artistic mind's eye. And regardless of the deep prejudices all of the ladies during this anthology confronted in the course of their lifetimes, each one used to be capable of triumph over stumbling blocks and declare a sound position as a author on a cultural level. All of those writers are vitally serious about the issues ladies face in Latin the US. they've got participated in crucial methods within the historical past in their respective international locations, within the highbrow background of Latin the US, and whilst, their maximum contribution has been within the sharing of the personal info of own tales, their very own and others.

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A prolific literary critic and promotor of other women's work, Cecilia Ansaldo is fully aware of the central position she occupies within the chauvinistic and culturally indifferent society of Guayaquil. Like Marta Traba, she writes cultural criticism in order to create a space for other women, in this case the so-called Women of the Attic. Cecilia Ansaldo's tireless efforts, her access to public fora, and a powerful insistence on her own privacy are aspects of an interesting intellectual woman of the nineties who still faces, and is confined by some of the same obstacles known to women of the twenties.

She speaks of women's bodies, love, sexuality, and absolute freedom in life. Janet Page 23 Gold brings this unique figure to life by studying both her private and public selves. As one of Suárez's poems states: Know that a world exists without laws or precepts where everything glows with tenuous vapors of stellar rhythm Understand me now why fire and water, why wind and earth fill me with unbearable astral kisses. Like Ospina and Ocampo, Suárez could have chosen the carefree life of a society matron, and like them, she deliberately carved out a different, more daring existence for herself.

How does a historical figure become, or make herself into, someone exceptional? Is there something different about exceptionality viewed from the perspective of gender? These are some of the questions to be explored. The criteria for inclusion in the book obviously depends on a personal and arbitrary vision of the definition of success, power, and good literature. Above all else, however, this anthology, so far the only one of its kind, postulates that each of the selected figures belongs to a different, alternative tradition, and not necessarily to a national canon.

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