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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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Women, State, and Family in Latin American Literature of the 1920s

Women, State, and Family in Latin American Literature of the 1920s

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(p.27) Three Women, State, and Family in Latin American Literature of the 1920s
Source:
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

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520065536.003.0003

This chapter reviews the novel of family relationships in the 1920s and 1930s that casts new light on the representation of family structures in the novel: how this representation conforms to or deviates from current political exigencies. Women's literature of the 1920s provided a new framework for the reception and interpretation of masculine symbols of identity. The feminine is a threat to the stability of the state; universal suffrage, modernization, and revolutionary ideals form part of a program of subversion. The family, the home, and the logos of patrimonial authority are all suspect in the avant-garde fictions of Latin American women. Women's fiction of the 1920s is marked by the countless acts of narrative resistance as if to offer a challenge to the symbolic traditions within literary history. Women's writing brings into question the problematic status of gender hidden in the texts of the canonical avant-garde.

Keywords:   family, Latin American women, state, feminine, gender, avant-garde fictions, patrimonial authority, masculine, universal suffrage, modernization

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