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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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A Question of Blood: The Conflict of Sex and Class in the Autobiografía of Victoria Ocampo

A Question of Blood: The Conflict of Sex and Class in the Autobiografía of Victoria Ocampo

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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 presents Victoria Ocampo's autobiography that has exposed neglected aspects of the writings of an important figure in Argentine literary history. Ocampo's journalistic writing and activity had an important impact on twentieth-century literary movements in Latin America. The publication of the Autobiografía seems to have kept the range of conjectures about her life alive, but has not yet given rise to substantial critical debate over its content or import in the context of Ocampo's collected work. It then investigates Ocampo's attempt to reconcile through the autobiographical writing the contradictions that she displays as a woman and a self-avowed feminist who also championed the patriarchal values of the ruling class. The work reveals in one bold, consolidated text both the extent of Ocampo's feminist rebellion and the restrictions imposed on it by her loyalty to the upper class into which she was born.

Keywords:   Victoria Ocampo, Autobiografía, Argentine literary history, autobiographical writing, feminist, ruling class, patriarchal values

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