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Seminar on Feminism & Culture in Latin America

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520065536

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520065536.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Seminar on Women and Culture in Latin America

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(p.1) One Introduction
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Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America
Author(s):

Emilie Bergmann

Greenberg Janet

Gwen Kirkpatrick

Francine Masiello

Francesca Miller

Morello-Frosch Marta

Kathleen Newman

Mary Louise Pratt

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520065536.003.0001

This book explores the work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. It then turns to the decades between 1910 and 1950 as the focus of the study on feminism and culture in Latin America. It mainly examines the struggle of women to participate in public culture, and the particularities of their participation, especially in print culture. Feminist analysis of the literary-historical situation of Sor Juana exposes the internal contradictions of the poetic canon and the effect on women's writing of the patriarchal definitions of public and private spheres. The three mythic female figures of Mexican Colonial history—the Virgin of Guadalupe, La Malinche, and Sor Juana—represent modes of inscription of the feminine in the theological and political discourse of colonization. The research in women's journalism has been important to the awareness of the social and historical context of women's roles and women's writing.

Keywords:   feminism, public culture, print culture, Latin America, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Virgin of Guadalupe, La Malinche, colonization, journalism

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