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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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The Journalism of Alfonsina Storni: A New Approach to Women's History in Argentina

The Journalism of Alfonsina Storni: A New Approach to Women's History in Argentina

(p.105) Seven The Journalism of Alfonsina Storni: A New Approach to Women's History in Argentina
Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America

Emilie Bergmann

Greenberg Janet

Gwen Kirkpatrick

Francine Masiello

Francesca Miller

Morello-Frosch Marta

Kathleen Newman

Mary Louise Pratt

University of California Press

This chapter reviews Alfonsina Storni's journalistic writings that permit her to be seen as a working woman, acting autonomously for change in the social status of women. She no longer represents the woman seeking her reflection in the mirror of male desire. The chapter also explores some of the stereotyped critical evaluations of Storni and her work and proposes an outline of some different methods of evaluating Storni's work and impact. Storni's life dramatically illustrates the rise of a new class of activist professional women, often immigrants or first-generation citizens, whose emergence in Argentina was affected by a growing feminist movement and by labor movements in urban areas. “La dama de negro” combines several features of Storni's journalism. Although Storni herself is well known as a public figure and as a poet, her links to the history of women of her lifetime deserve to be explored.

Keywords:   Alfonsina Storni, journalistic writings, Argentina, La dama de negro, journalism, feminist movement, labor movements

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