Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America: Intervening Acts by Vicky UnruhPerforming Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America: Intervening Acts by Vicky Unruh

Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America: Intervening Acts

byVicky Unruh

Hardcover | October 12, 2011

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Women have always been the muses who inspire the creativity of men, but how do women become the creators of art themselves? This was the challenge faced by Latin American women who aspired to write in the 1920s and 1930s. Though women's roles were opening up during this time, women writers were not automatically welcomed by the Latin American literary avant-gardes, whose male members viewed women's participation in tertulias (literary gatherings) and publications as uncommon and even forbidding. How did Latin American women writers, celebrated by male writers as the "New Eve" but distrusted as fellow creators, find their intellectual homes and fashion their artistic missions?

In this innovative book, Vicky Unruh explores how women writers of the vanguard period often gained access to literary life as public performers. Using a novel, interdisciplinary synthesis of performance theory, she shows how Latin American women's work in theatre, poetry declamation, song, dance, oration, witty display, and bold journalistic self-portraiture helped them craft their public personas as writers and shaped their singular forms of analytical thought, cultural critique, and literary style. Concentrating on eleven writers from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, Unruh demonstrates that, as these women identified themselves as instigators of change rather than as passive muses, they unleashed penetrating critiques of projects for social and artistic modernization in Latin America.

Vicky Unruh is Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Kansas.
Title:Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America: Intervening ActsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 12, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292739354

ISBN - 13:9780292739352

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Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. The "Fatal Fact" of the New Woman Writer in Latin America, 1920s-1930s
  • Chapter 1. Alfonsina Storni's Misfits: A Critical Refashioning of Poetisa Aesthetics
  • Chapter 2. Walking Backwards: Victoria Ocampo's Scenes of Intrusion
  • Chapter 3. No Place Like Home: Norah Lange's Art of Anatomy
  • Chapter 4. Choreography with Words: Nellie Campobello's Search for a Writer's Pose
  • Chapter 5. "Dressing and Undressing the Mind": Antonieta Rivas Mercado's Unfinished Performance
  • Chapter 6. Acts of Literary Privilege in Havana: Mariblanca Sabas Alomá and Ofelia Rodríguez Acosta
  • Chapter 7. Ad-libs by the Women of Amauta: Magda Portal and María Wiesse
  • Chapter 8. A Refusal to Perform: Patrícia Galvão's Spy on the Wall
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index