Madwomen: The Locas mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition by Gabriela MistralMadwomen: The Locas mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition by Gabriela Mistral

Madwomen: The Locas mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

byGabriela MistralTranslated byRandall Couch

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A schoolteacher whose poetry catapulted her to early fame in her native Chile and an international diplomat whose boundary-defying sexuality still challenges scholars, Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957) is one of the most important and enigmatic figures in Latin American literature of the last century. The Locas mujeres poems collected here are among Mistral’s most complex and compelling, exploring facets of the self in extremis—poems marked by the wound of blazing catastrophe and its aftermath of mourning.
            From disquieting humor to balladlike lyricism to folkloric wisdom, these pieces enact a tragic sense of life, depicting “madwomen” who are anything but mad. Strong and intensely human, Mistral’s poetic women confront impossible situations to which no sane response exists. This groundbreaking collection presents poems from Mistral’s final published volume as well as new editions of posthumous work, featuring the first English-language appearance of many essential poems. Madwomen promises to reveal a profound poet to a new generation of Anglophone readers while reacquainting Spanish readers with a stranger, more complicated “madwoman” than most have ever known.

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Randall Couch is adjunct professor of English at Arcadia University and an administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. He received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships in poetry in 2000 and 2008.  
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Title:Madwomen: The Locas mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226531910

ISBN - 13:9780226531915

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Table of Contents

From Lagar Winepress
La otra     
The Other            
La abandonada    
The Abandoned Woman              
La ansiosa
The Anxious Woman        
La bailarina          
The Ballerina        
La desasida          
The Woman Unburdened
La desvelada        
The Sleepless Woman      
La dichosa           
The Happy Woman          
La ferverosa         
The Fervent Woman         
La fugitiva
The Fugitive Woman        
La granjera           
The Farm Woman
La humillada
The Humbled Woman      
La que camina      
She Who Walks               
Marta y María      
Martha and Mary             
Una mujer
A Woman            
Mujer de prisionero          
Prisoner’s Woman
Una piadosa         
A Pious Woman               
From Lagar II
La cabelluda         
The Shaggy Woman         
La contadora        
The Storyteller      
Electra en la niebla
Electra in the Mist 
Madre bisoja        
Cross-Eyed Mother         
La que aguarda    
She Who Waits    
Dos trascordados             
Two Forgotten Ones        
La trocada           
The Changed Woman       
Texts and Sources       
Selected Bibliography              
Index of First Lines

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"Couch offers a succinct, comprehensive biocritical introduction to Mistral and her 'Locas mujeres' poems, particularly exploring autobiographical issues in the poems. . . . Plentiful information on the rich cross-references . . . in Mistral's poems and on the identities of those to whom Mistral dedicated her poems enhances this volume, which will interest Spanish and English speakers alike."