Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's Literature

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byMarta Sierra

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Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's Literature addresses the largely understudied issue of how gendered spatial relations impact the production of literary works. It addresses gender implications of spatial categories: the notions of home and away, placement and displacement, dwelling and travel, location and dislocation, and the role they came to play in the literary history and cultural criticism of Argentina from 1920 to the present. This study offers a cross-disciplinary model, blending theories from literary studies and cultural geography and drawing on the methods of gender and women's studies, Latin American studies, and literary studies.

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Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's Literature addresses the largely understudied issue of how gendered spatial relations impact the production of literary works. It addresses gender implications of spatial categories: the notions of home and away, placement and displacement, dwelling and travel, location and dislocation, and the role...

MARTA SIERRA is an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Kenyon College. She has published extensively on Latin American urban representations, the connections of media and literature, the scope and gender tensions of the Argentinean avant-gardes, poetry and film of 1990s Argentina, and feminist conceptualiza...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.56 × 5.74 × 0.72 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120857

ISBN - 13:9780230120853

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Introduction: Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's LiteratureDisplacing Domesticity: Cosmopolitanisms, Travel Writing and Narratives of the HomeOf 'Other Spaces:' Staging Repression in Griselda Gambaro and Diana RaznovichGlobal Patagonia: Rewriting the National SpacePoetic Cross-Overs: The Paradoxical Spaces of Women's Poetry

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"An ambitious project covering significant shifts on the Argentine cultural landscape from 1920 to the present day, the study is well documented with exhaustive notes and bibliography ... a challenging read that engages, instructs, and goads the reader toward the formulation of new geo-poetics for Argentine modernity ... Highly recommended." - Choice "In a welcome challenge to the growing body of work on literary spaces, Marta Sierra's book eschews conventional modes of seeking in the novel form an allegorical figuration of the nation-state. Sierra traces through autobiography, theatre, poetry and narrative pastiches an ongoing de-stabilization of hegemonic spatialities, a subversive place-making that injects unhomeliness into the domestic sphere, corporalizes the landscape and opens the territory to nomadic displacements. Written in a dense yet always engaging dialogue with cultural and political history, and attuned to the intricacies of the literary text, Sierra's work invites us to remap the literary geographies of Argentine modernity." - Jens Andermann, professor of Latin American Studies, University of Zurich"Marta Sierra offers readers an innovative cultural studies investigation into the gendered spatial poetics of Argentine women's writing. Her nuanced analysis not only navigates through the spatial imaginary of national territory but also explores the transnational dimensions of exilic, diasporic, and digital imaginaries. Challenging traditional conceptual mapping, Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's Literature redirects our reading of Argentine women's writing in an eloquent and far-reaching geopoetics." -Marcy E. Schwartz, associate professor of Spanish, Rutgers University and author of Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction"Body and territory share in Latin America a contingent feminine condition, exploited and represented as strategic essentialisms. Marta Sierra's book lightens the surface of written spaces observed from a much needed material perspective. Her reading reenacts itineraries traversed by women in a journey that constructed and deconstructed identity positions." - Ãlvaro Fernandez Bravo, director, New York University Buenos Aires