Femmenism and the Mexican Woman Intellectual from Sor Juana to Poniatowska: Boob Lit

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byEmily Hind

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There is a large portion of young women in both U.S. and Mexican university classrooms today who do not self-identify as feminists. Hind makes steps to correct this and draws on poetry, short stories, plays, novels, photographs, personal correspondence, advertising, and interviews to make visible the anti-feminine tendencies in femenism and to imagine a femmenism that will appeal to the next generation of women.

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There is a large portion of young women in both U.S. and Mexican university classrooms today who do not self-identify as feminists. Hind makes steps to correct this and draws on poetry, short stories, plays, novels, photographs, personal correspondence, advertising, and interviews to make visible the anti-feminine tendencies in femenis...

Emily Hind is Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming.  She is the author of a book of interviews with Mexican women writers, Entrevistas con quince autoras mexicanas, and has published over twenty articles in the field of Mexican studies.  She has been a regular contributor to the Mexican magazine Nexos and is the winner of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104460

ISBN - 13:9780230104464

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Your Maternity Or Your Mind:  False Choices for Mexican Woman Intellectuals * Asexuality and the Woman Writer: Queering a Compliant Castellanos * Amor, Garro, and Rivas Mercado as Diva-lectuals * Poniatowska as Bearded Lady * On Barbie, the Boob, and Loaeza

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"Innovative and daring . . . taking into account a wide panorama of century Mexican writers of the 20th century, Emily Hind proposes a new critical language to study the role of intellectual women who for various reasons have written in small rooms themselves." - Revista de Estudios Hispanicos"Hind's new book takes a highly original and seriously entertaining look at the performances of the role of the 'Mexican woman intellectual' by writers from Sor Juana to Antonieta Rivas Mercado, Elena Poniatowska to Guadalupe Loaeza. In language as inventive and perverse as the careers of the women she has studied, Hind shows how a Busted Criticism can read sympathetically the Boob Lit written by Mexican Diva-Lectuals, Bearded Ladies, 'Senoras' and Barbies. No fan of saints, heroes, or notions of 'relentless progress' and 'social improvement,' Hind values the improper and the unreasonable in women's writing. In her own work she balances an abundance of humorous wordplay with a more traditional critical language and exhaustive research to create a 'femmenist' voice that is at once playful, irreverent, and truly scholarly." - Beth E. Jorgensen, University of Rochester"With intelligence, knowledge, irreverence, and humor, Femmenism and the Mexican Woman Intellectual from Sor Juana to Poniatowska dispels our conceived notions about the construction of Mexican culture, women, and feminism. Hind's cheeky tone engages readers' hearts and minds while teaching us what she knows (and what a lot she knows!) about the culture, society, and literature of Mexico. Those interested in feminist theory, Mexico, or the writing of women, ignore this daring and painstakingly researched work at their peril. Few critics today have Hind's intimate understanding of contemporary Mexico." - Gustavo Pellon, University of Virginia